13 February 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised £5bn of funding to upgrade bus and cycle links in every region outside of London over the next five years.
The funding will be used to deliver a variety of improvements, including higher frequency services, lower and simpler fairs and the introduction of additional bus priority schemes.
Crucially, it will also finance more than 4,000 zero emission buses.
The details of the programmes are expected to be announced in the upcoming National Bus Strategy, set to be published later this year.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Local transport connections have a truly transformative role to play in levelling up infrastructure across the country. Our daily journeys for work or leisure are about so much more than just getting from A to B – they are the key to accessing skilled jobs and opportunities, boosting businesses and unlocking economic growth for towns, cities and regions across this country.
“That’s why improving connectivity by overhauling bus services and making cycling easier than ever is such an important step forward, to make sure every community has the foundations it needs to thrive.”