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