Buses and Cycling

11th February 2020

South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed a £5bn package of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London, to level up connectivity across the whole country.

This new funding, delivered over the next five years, will see the introduction of more regular and faster bus services while providing cycle routes with a major boost - funding more than 250 miles of new cycleways and introducing at least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses. This funding will ensure that the most environmentally friendly means of transport see improvement and investment.

The details of these programmes will be announced in the upcoming National Bus Strategy, to be published later this year at the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Mr Dunne, who is Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said:

“This investment is great news for those who want to see improved transport links that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. I am determined to see a fair share of this investment allocated to Shropshire, including rural communities so often left behind by public transport.

I am very pleased the funding includes specific commitment to at least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses, helping to decarbonise our transport network at the same time as providing the transport communities need.” 

The package of investment will boost bus services by focusing on a range of priorities, set to include:

  • Higher frequency services, including evenings and weekends in more areas, to make it easier and less restrictive for people to get around at any time of day
  • More ‘turn up and go’ routes where, thanks to higher frequency, people won’t have to rely on timetables to plan journeys
  • New priority schemes will make routes more efficient, so that buses avoid congested routes and can speed passengers through traffic
  • More affordable, simpler fares
  • At least 4,000 new Zero Emission Buses to make greener travel the convenient option, driving forward the UK’s progress on its net zero ambitions

 

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