Bus Services

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 19 January 2023.

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Photo of Samantha Dixon Samantha Dixon Labour, City of Chester

What assessment he has made of trends in the level of bus services in England since 2019.

Photo of Richard Holden Richard Holden Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant impact to bus services and passenger numbers. To mitigate this, the Government has provided nearly £2 billion in emergency and recovery funding to bus operators and local transport authorities to keep vital bus services running. As a result of this support, bus services in England in 2020/21 ran at over 80% of pre-COVID levels, even though patronage and commercial fare revenue dropped significantly.

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