Transport: Subsidies

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 3 February 2021.

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Photo of Paula Barker Paula Barker Labour, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to provide covid-19 funding support for (a) light rail (b) buses and (c) active travel.

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

To date the Government has announced over £1 billion in emergency grant funding to support the bus sector in England, alongside over £150 million to support light rail. This funding has helped keep services running throughout the pandemic

Over £200 million has been made available to authorities during the current financial year, via the Active Travel Fund, to support an active and green recovery from Covid-19. This will enable them to deliver safe and direct cycling and walking measures in their areas, such as protected cycle lanes, widened pavements, safer junctions and cycle and bus-only corridors.

This is in addition to the issuing of over 100,000 £50 bike repair vouchers to encourage more people to embrace cycling as a means of travel during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

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