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Bus funding announced by the Department for Transport risks widening transport gap

Bus Users has welcomed the Department for Transport’s announcement that £1.15 billion is being awarded to 31 counties to improve bus services through the National Bus Strategy ‘Bus Back Better’.

However the charity raised concerns for those areas that were unsuccessful in their funding bids, believing the impact on local communities could prove disastrous.

Dawn Badminton-Capps, Bus Users Director for England said: “This is great news for the 31 local authorities whose bids were successful and we hope those regions see improvements in their bus services as a matter of urgency.

“Many local authorities were unsuccessful, however, despite facing rising costs and falling passenger numbers across their networks. We are at risk of widening the transport gap and leaving communities cut off entirely from employment, education and vital services.”

“For the National Bus Strategy to achieve the levelling-up promised by Government we need more funding being made available to even more local authorities so no community is left behind.”

Read the announcement in full ‘Bus Back Better’

Bus Users 2022-04-05T16:47:59+01:00