Grant Shapps made the announcement earlier today hoping lower and simpler bus fares will help tackle cost of living pressures.
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31 counties, city regions and unitary authorities have been chosen for funding to improve their local bus services in the latest government bus transformation program awards.
It is hoped that this investment will help cities in the north to reach London, with the bus becoming a natural choice for everyone, not just those without a car.
However, the funding is less than a fifth of what West Yorkshire requested in its bus service improvement plan bid.
Matthew Topham, campaigner at Better Buses for West Yorkshire, fears the announcement will leave Mayor Tracy Brabin’s new bus partnership on shaky ground.
“Without this money, the mayor’s new enhanced partnership agreement with private bus companies (a kind of gentleman’s agreement where private operators promise certain changes in return for increased investment from local authorities) looks very fragile. ” he said.
“In times of crisis, when local bus operators cut services despite government funding their deficit, we need all the powers at our disposal to protect the pockets of local people, including those that are not legal. than under the bus franchise.
“We cannot afford the continued delays in bringing the buses under public control.”
Today’s funding follows last week’s announcement of £200million for nearly 1,000 new electric or hydrogen buses.
This brings the total funded in England to 2000.
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