Transport Chair responds to the Chancellor's bus pledges
The Chancellor has announced how the £200 million announced in the 2020/21 Spending Round to transform bus services will be implemented.
Today (30 September 2019), the Chancellor announced how the £200 million to transform bus services in the Spending Round for 2020/2021 will be implemented.
Responding to the Chancellor's bus pledges, Cllr Kim Groves Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee and the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, said:
“Each week, people in West Yorkshire make over 3.5 million journeys on local bus services, making them the biggest mover of people in our region, so I am pleased that the key role that buses play in supporting our economy is being recognised.
“Through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, the Combined Authority and bus operators are working together to reverse the decline in passenger numbers and we are working to ensure bus travel is affordable to everyone and that people can get to where they want to actually go.
“While this investment is welcomed the government needs to come forward with longer term funding to provide a comprehensive, national approach to bus services that can deliver joined-up services.”