English bus funding to continue beyond October

Buses across England will benefit from up to £130 million of government support, ensuring services keep running.

The funding package will cover six months from October 2022 to March 2023, and builds on almost two years’ worth of government support to keep bus networks running during the pandemic. The funding means almost £2 billion has been made available to over 160 bus operators during the pandemic.

The additional funding is intended to help protect bus services and routes, which the DfT says are particularly important to people facing pressures due to the rising cost of living.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, said: “This funding will ensure millions across the country can continue to use vital bus services, and brings the total we’ve provided to the sector throughout the pandemic to almost £2 billion.

“At a time when people are worried about rising costs, it’s more important than ever we save these bus routes for the millions who rely on them for work, school and shopping.”

The government is also investing £3 billion in bus services by 2025, including over £1 billion to improve fares, services and infrastructure, and a further £525 million for zero emission buses.

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