Bus Services: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make financial support available to coach operators during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons coach operators were not included in the financial support package for bus operators.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the number of coach operators who (a) have ceased business and (b) are at risk of closure due to the financial impact of covid-19.

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

We are encouraging coach operators to make use of the wide range of support measures the Chancellor announced. These amount to £330 billion of loans and guarantees for businesses, including the Covid-19 Jobs Retention Scheme to help firms retain members of staff, which has been extended until the end of October 2020. We are continuing to engage with the coach sector to understand what the ongoing risks and issues are, and how these could be addressed in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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