£130million to protect bus services across the country

  • up to £130million in government funding announced to support vital bus services across England
  • measure to protect the bus routes that people rely on in an era of rising costs
  • the funding brings the total to £2billion in government support for buses throughout the pandemic

Buses across England will receive government support of up to £130million, ensuring services continue to operate and millions of passengers can continue to use affordable transport.

The funding package announced today (August 19, 2022) will cover 6 months from October 2022 to March 2023 and builds on nearly 2 years of unprecedented government support to keep bus networks running. Today’s funding means nearly £2billion has been made available to over 160 bus operators during the pandemic.

The additional funding will help protect bus services and routes, which are particularly important for people facing pressure from the rising cost of living. The government is using all the tools at its disposal to help people, from ensuring they can access affordable travel to providing £37billion of support to the most vulnerable households.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

This funding will ensure that millions of people across the country can continue to use vital bus services and will bring the total we have provided to the sector throughout the pandemic to almost £2billion.

At a time when people are concerned about rising costs, it is more important than ever to preserve these bus routes for the millions of people who depend on them for work, school and shopping.

The government is also investing £3bn in bus services by 2025, including over £1bn to improve fares, services and infrastructure, and a further £525m for zero-emission buses .

Graham Vidler, chief executive of the Passenger Transport Confederation, said:

We welcome the Government’s announcement of stimulus funding to support bus services in local communities for a further 6 months.

Today’s announcement will help bus operators and partner local authorities balance a network of reliable and affordable services in the short term as bus networks adapt to new modes of travel.

In the longer term, we will continue to work closely with central government and local authorities to encourage existing and new passengers to board the country’s buses, ensuring that they receive the best possible services.

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