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Bus Services: Finance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 178968, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the funding identified in the National Bus Strategy is dependant on a local transport authority committing to either a franchise or an enhanced partnership arrangement for the provision of their bus services.

Answered on

19 April 2021

The National Bus Strategy, published on 15 March, sets an expectation that by 30 June, Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and their local bus operators have committed to establishing an Enhanced Partnership or the LTA has started the statutory process of franchising bus services.

From 1 July 2021, only LTAs and operators who meet these requirements will continue to receive the Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant or any new sources of bus funding. From April 2022, LTAs will need to have an Enhanced Partnership in place, or be following the statutory process to decide whether to implement a franchising scheme, in order to receive the new discretionary schemes of bus funding.

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