Lewes MP announces local bus funding
By Raviliouse | Friday, March 23, 2012, 17:26
Norman Baker, Lewes MP, has announced a £101m package of funding to improve the nation's bus network some the monies are to be allocated locally.
The transport minister, in a written statement, said "Brighton and Hove Buses, which runs services throughout the Lewes constituency, is to receive £840,552 from the government to provide greener buses and Lewes constituents who take the bus to Brighton will also see the benefits of a further £3,480,000 to be invested in the Brighton and Hove Better Bus Area."
Commenting Baker said: "Taking the bus is a great and environmentally friendly way of getting around and with the government maintaining the concessionary bus passes it is free for the elderly. While it is of course disappointing that East Sussex County Council failed to submit a bid to this very substantial government fund, I am pleased at least that my constituents will see the benefits from Brighton and Hove Bus Company's successful bid and also an improvement in services to Brighton through Brighton and Hove's successful bid to the Better Bus Area fund."
For Brighton & Hove this includes funding for eleven new 'green buses'.
The MP added: "The government is focused on supporting investment in public transport to stimulate growth and cut carbon emissions and with this £101 million investment in buses, we are putting that focus into practice."
The premise behind the funding is to encourage bus use - across the country 24 lead local transport authorities across England will benefit from the £70m Better Bus Area Fund. Five local transport authorities and 26 bus companies have been additionally been awarded £31 million of Green Bus funding.