Bus Services: Wakefield

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th July 2022.

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Photo of Simon Lightwood Simon Lightwood Labour, Wakefield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much money from the public purse has been paid to Arriva (a) to deliver bus services in Wakefield, (b) from the COVID-19 bus service support grant and (c) from the Bus Recovery Grant since 1 January 2019.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government has made available nearly £2 billion of support to date, through emergency and recovery grants, to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic for bus services. This includes a further £150 million to continue to provide COVID recovery support until October to give services the maximum amount of time to recover. We are unable to provide the amounts provided to individual operators under these schemes as this information is commercially sensitive. West Yorkshire Combined Authority received over £8 million in recovery funding through these schemes.

The Government also spends over £200 million every year through the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) to operators directly to keep fares down and make more bus routes viable. Arriva Yorkshire North Ltd, Arriva Yorkshire Ltd and Arriva Yorkshire West Ltd have received over £43 million in BSOG funding since 2010-11 to deliver services in Yorkshire, including Wakefield. The Government provides a further £42 million annually through the Bus Service Operators Grant to Local Authorities so that they can subsidise socially necessary bus services. West Yorkshire Combined Authority receives over £2 million of this funding annually.

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