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Bus operators welcome UK package of almost £170m

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 3, 2020
Bus operators have welcomed a £167m funding package from the Department for Transport (DfT) to help keep vital bus services on the road during the coronavirus crisis.
Grant Shapps
Transport Secretary   Grant Shapps
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was last week warned the bus network was in danger of collapse without urgent Government intervention, as overall passenger numbers fell by as much a 90% in the regions, following instructions for people to make essential journeys only.

Topics: Bus UK

Respective Governments have now announced measures to maintain vital services, which include a £167m support package for companies in England.

Bus operators will be required to maintain up to 50% of normal service levels and allow adequate social distancing space between passengers on board under the conditions of the new £167 million funding pot.

Passengers must also be kept informed about any revised operating timetables, the Department for Transport (DfT) said.

The Government said £200 million of existing funding under the Bus Services Operators Grant - which helps firms recover some of their fuel costs - will also continue to be paid.

Some £30m of extra funding originally earmarked for starting new bus services will instead be paid to local authorities to maintain those already in existence, the DfT said.


 

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