The Conservative Government has re-used funding that was due to be spent on the northern part of HS2 Rail Project to improve local bus services in Lincoln and around the County.
- Extending the £2 bus fare cap until the end of 2024 (it was due to rise to £2.50 on Wednesday
- Investing £4.3 million across the County from the £27 million for bus service improvements given to the East Midlands. This money will be managed by Lincolnshire County Council.
Lincoln MP, Karl, who always Puts Lincoln First, said: “This is great news. The Conservative Government has not only been able to keep the £2 bus fare cap, it can use some of the money that was to be spent on HS2 further to improve Lincoln’s bus services as a whole. A very wise and popular use of that money.”
Cllr Richard Davies, responsible for transport on Lincolnshire County Council said: “This money is a very welcome addition to bus provision and promotion in our county. A previous award was used to put in place our £2 single journey fare cap scheme, which is active on every Callconnect bus journey in Lincolnshire.
“We will ensure that this latest funding will be a key part of our continuing work to encourage bus usage to as many people as possible.”
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “Buses are the most popular form of public transport, which is why we are continuing to back our buses with record high levels of funding – supporting vital bus services and offering affordable travel for passengers.
“This increase in funding to deliver more reliable, frequent and affordable local bus services – and to extend the £2 bus fare cap – has only been possible with the redirected HS2 funding secured by this government making the right long-term decisions for a brighter future.”
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