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Bus Services: North East

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 18393, tabled on 21 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans the Government has to increase funding for bus services in (a) Newcastle and (b) the North East.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

27 February 2020

The £220 million Better Deal for Bus Users package provides new funding to transform bus services and includes a National Bus Strategy, which together will detail measures to improve bus services.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-better-deal-for-bus-users/a-better-deal-for-bus-users

This includes an extra £30 million for local authorities in 2020/21.

If the North East Joint Transport Committee (responsible for public transport policy in Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Northumberland) complete statements of intent demonstrating how they will meet the funding requirements, they will be provided with the additional allocation of £1,454,485.

In addition, there is £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. This package of investment will boost bus services by focusing on a range of priorities, set to include: higher frequency services, new priority schemes will make routes more efficient, more affordable simpler fares and at least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses.

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