Bus Back Better funding reaction

This week the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the councils that were successful in receiving funding for the government’s Bus Back Better Scheme.

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DfT asked councils to submit plans to improve bus services across the country. Gloucestershire submitted its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). However, Gloucestershire’s bid was not one of the successful local authorities to be awarded funding at this stage.

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member responsible for public transport, said: “Unfortunately, BSIP funding was limited and only around 30% of councils were awarded money. While this is disappointing news we have been assured that this is not a final ‘no’ and there will continue to be opportunities for future funding. We will indeed be working with the DfT to better understand how we can strengthen our BSIP.

“We remain committed to improving and supporting the many bus services we have in the county as buses are a green and sustainable way to travel that will help us meet our carbon emission targets.

“The county council continues to press ahead with its plans to develop mass rapid transport options, road priority improvements for buses, the transport hub at Arle Court Park and Ride, improved ticketing, low and zero emission buses and rolling out the new rural on demand bus services in the Forest of Dean and Cotswolds.”

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