Oct 23, 2021

Budget 2021: English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport

Mr Sunak said: "There is no reason why somebody working in the North and Midlands should have to wait several times longer for their bus or train to arrive in the morning compared to a commuter in the capital."This transport revolution will help redress that imbalance as we modernise our local transport networks so they are fit for our great cities and those people who live and work in them. The £1.2bn of funding to make bus services cheaper and more frequent is part of £3bn that Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to spending on a "bus revolution" in March. Silviya Barrett, head of policy and research at the Campaign for Better Transport, welcomed the increased funding for trams, trains and "Active travel" but wanted the government to end the process of regions competing for bus funding. "We are concerned that the competitive funding process for buses could mean that investment does not reach everywhere that needs it."Many areas have bus fares that are too high and gaping holes in services, so they need funding to put their bus service improvement plans in place," Ms Barrett said. The Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents the bus and coach industry, said the fact the full £3bn the government had committed to spending on buses had not yet been reached meant the government's "rhetoric is unfortunately not being matched by reality".

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