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Bus Services: Finance

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 85306, tabled on 1 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the potential merits of extending the bus recovery scheme beyond the current financial year due to the shortage of PSV drivers.

Answered on

9 December 2021

The Government is closely monitoring the shortage of PSV drivers, and is committed to working with the bus sector to encourage new entrants to the bus driving profession.

Through the Coronavirus Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG), over £1.5 billion in emergency support was provided to the sector. Additionally, £226.5 million in recovery funding will be made available through the Bus Recovery Grant (BRG). The Government remains in discussion with stakeholders to ensure funding challenges in the sector are addressed.