Bus operators welcome UK package of almost £170mChristian 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.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
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. ■