Budget 2021: English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport

English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport in next week's Budget

10/23/2021 1:59:00 PM

English city regions to get £6.9bn for public transport in next week's Budget

The chancellor will announce increased funding for tram, train and bus services in England.

The £1.2bn of funding to make bus services cheaper and more frequent is part of £3bn thatPrime Minister Boris Johnson committed to spending on a "bus revolution"in March.Labour's Andy Burnham said the cash was "an important first step towards a London-style public transport system for Greater Manchester".

But he added: "As welcome as it is, infrastructure investment alone will not make levelling up feel real to the people of Greater Manchester."That will only happen when the frequency and coverage of bus services are increased and fares are lowered to London levels," Mr Burnham added.

Andy Street, Conservative mayor of the West Midlands, said he was "absolutely delighted" to get the funding, which he said was the largest single transport sum the area had ever received."From more metro lines and train stations, to new bus routes and electric vehicle charging points, this cash will help us to continue to build a clean, green transport network that connects communities and tackles the climate emergency." headtopics.com

'Gaping holes in services'Silviya Barrett, head of policy and research at the Campaign for Better Transport, welcomed the increased funding for trams, trains and "active travel" but wanted the government to end the process of regions competing for bus funding.

"We are concerned that the competitive funding process for buses could mean that investment does not reach everywhere that needs it."Many areas have bus fares that are too high and gaping holes in services, so they need funding to put their bus service improvement plans in place," Ms Barrett said.

The Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents the bus and coach industry, said the fact the full £3bn the government had committed to spending on buses had not yet been reached meant the government's "rhetoric is unfortunately not being matched by reality".

Image source,Image caption,More money will go to the West Midlands MetroIt comes as a new survey shows reliance on cars has reached a 15-year high despite fewer people commuting during the pandemic.More than four in five (82%) of 2,652 UK motorists surveyed by the RAC motoring organisation said they would struggle without a car. That is up from 79% in 2020 and 74% the previous year. headtopics.com

More than half said that there were no feasible public transport services in their area.And people living in cities who have to drive are spending more time at the wheel, according to research from the Centre for Cities, which found motorists in Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester spend more than 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

Drivers in rural areas were also more likely to be car-dependent (87%) than their urban counterparts (77%). Read more: BBC News (UK) »

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Be nice if the provincial towns and rural areas were given some cash. Good news, glad to see the most densley populated area outside london is finally getting some infrastructure investment....... oh wait! LevellingUp Is that the money that’s not being spent on pot holes now? People outside the cities can walk….

too little too late and who's paying for it? Because it should be the top 2% and not the rest of us Is this money that has already been committed? If so, that's how it should be reported.