Scottish bus support extended to January
Additional expenditure of up to £52.6m to support bus operators to maintain services during the coronavirus pandemic has been approved by the Scottish Government.
The new funding, to cover expected loss of revenue between 9 November and 17 January, extends the support of up to £109.7m provided to increase bus services since June.
Director for CPT in Scotland, Paul White, said: “We’re pleased that the Scottish Government has recognised the important role the bus network is playing in helping people travel safely and in a sustainable manner.
“This funding is designed to cover the costs associated with the running of a network with significantly reduced capacity, until passenger numbers are able to return to normal levels. We will continue working with government, passengers, businesses and local authorities to provide a safe, flexible bus network which allows those who need it to make their essential journeys.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “Bus services have been absolutely vital in keeping Scotland moving during the Covid-19 pandemic – helping people get to work, access health services and see family and friends.
“This additional funding of up to £52.6 million will help operators to cover the expected loss of fare-paying passenger revenue that they continue to experience due to physical distancing requirements and reduced demand.”