康沃尔, Liverpool and Norfolk among winners of new bus funding

康沃尔, Liverpool and Norfolk among winners of new bus funding
Improvements include making services more frequent, better reliability, cheaper fares and greener buses.

Thirty-one areas in England have been selected for the latest round of 政府 funding to boost bus services.

Among the successful counties, city regions and unitary authorities chosen were Brighton and Hove, City of York, 康沃尔, Greater Manchester, 利物浦 City Region, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and the West Midlands, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced.

Many applicants missed out, such as Blackpool, Cheshire West and Chester, Hull, Leicester, Plymouth, Sheffield City Region, and Slough.

The investment we’re making willdrive down fares at a time when people’s finances are tight

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

The DfT said just under two-thirds of England’s population outside London will “benefit from new investment” in buses, including earlier funding awards.

Improvements under the areas’ bus service improvement plans include making services more frequent, better reliability, cheaper fares and greener vehicles.

Areas have been chosen because of their “ambition to repeat the success achieved in London”, the DfT added.

In Cornwall, a trial starting on Sunday will see most fares in the county cut.

The DfT said short journeys will be 20% cheaper, with tickets for longer trips reduced by as much as 40%.

Transport Secretary 格兰特·沙普斯 说: “Buses are the most popular way of getting around in this country – but for too long people outside of London have had a raw deal.

“The investment we’re making today to ramp up the bus revolution will drive down fares at a time when people’s finances are tight and help connect communities across England.”

A spokesman for the Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents the bus and coach industry, described the funding announcement as “an important milestone”.

他说: “Operators are ready to engage with successful local authorities to deliver their joint plans for improvement in bus services as quickly as possible to help deliver important goals such as the drive to net zero and economic growth across the country.

“It is important that we remember though that there will be millions of passengers left disappointed by today’s announcement as their local area missed out on funding.

“It’s vital that the Government now clearly sets out future funding plans and policy initiatives for delivering its National Bus Strategy, including measures to reduce car use.

“This will ensure that today’s announcement is the beginning not the end of plans to improve bus services across the country.

“A good place to start would be to confirm funding for the industry’s plan to deliver simpler and price-capped ticketing across the country – a move that would improve bus services for passengers everywhere.”

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