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£5 billion fund will overhaul bus and cycle links outside London
£5 billion fund will overhaul bus and cycle links outside London

£5 billion fund will overhaul bus and cycle links outside London

The Prime Minister is releasing £5 billion to fund an overhaul of bus and cycle links for every region outside of London.

Boris Johnson will set out a vision that it is hoped will level up local transport connections throughout the country, making journey easier, greener and more convenient.

The funding will transform bus services throughout the country thanks to simpler fares, thousands of new buses, an improvement of routes and higher frequency of services.

A range of priorities have been earmarked; these include higher frequency services – such as evening and weekends – so it is easier and less restrictive to travel at any time of day; more ‘turn up and go’ routes where people won’t have to rely on timetables to plan journeys.

Elsewhere, at least 4,000 new zero emission buses will be introduced to make travel greener and the more convenient option – key to Britain’s ambitions to hit net-zero targets.

Fares will be more affordable and simpler, while new priority schemes will make routes more efficient, helping buses avoid congested routes and make journeys speedier.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, commented: “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.”

This five-year funding package will build on the government’s aim to make buses better for passengers; details of these programmes will be set out in the National Bus Strategy later this year.

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