Bus Services: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 31 March 2020.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to his Written Statement of 23 March 2020 on Rail Update, what plans he has to extend similar emergency measures agreements to bus services.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government has announced a package of measures to help the bus industry weather the current situation. These include maintaining central and local government grants and payments at similar levels to those pre-coronavirus, even if services are reduced or cancelled. It also includes allowing local authorities to use the additional £30 million from the £220 million ‘Better Deal for Bus Users’ package to support operators to run essential services for key workers where these are impacted by COVID-19.

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