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Public Transport: Fares

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 263070, tabled on 11 June 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the effect of lower cost public transport on local economies.

Answered on

19 June 2019

The Department for Transport evaluated the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), which distributed over £500 million to local areas between 2011-2015. Local authorities invested the funding in schemes to increase bus and rail patronage and active travel (cycling and walking), and complementary initiatives such as new bus services, cycle training and travel support for job-seekers.

The evaluation, which is available on the Gov.UK website, shows that the LSTF had a range of positive effects for local economies, including enhancing town centre vitality, helping jobseekers into work, and helping business with recruitment.