Greater Funding to keep Bus Routes Running during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Greater Funding to keep Bus Routes Running during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted: 03 April 2020

The Government has announced new funding of up to £167 million over 12 weeks under the new COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant.

As a condition of the funding, bus operators will be required to maintain necessary services at a level which is sufficient to meet much reduced demand, but also to allow adequate space between passengers on board. This is expected to be up to 50% of normal service levels.

This package, announced on 3rd April by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, is in addition to:

  • £200 million of existing funding under the Bus Services Operators Grant which will continue to be paid as normal even though not all services may run during this time and
  •  Up to £30 million of extra government bus funding, originally earmarked for starting new services, which will instead be paid to local authorities to maintain existing services

Details at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/almost-400-million-to-keep-englands-buses-running

 

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