Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament for Mansfield and Warsop has welcomed the announcement from Transport Secretary Mark Harper that Nottinghamshire County Council is set to receive £4,691,000 in additional funding for its local bus services in 2024/25
This increase to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Bus Improvement Plan funding comes as part of a package of £150 million announced yesterday to support local authorities in the Midlands and North in delivering improved bus services for their residents. The funding specifically focuses on local authorities working in partnership with operators to decide how best to use it to deliver better services that meet the needs of each local area.
Yesterday’s announcement builds on the previous support provided by government for transport across Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands, including the £1.5 billion Devolved Transport Fund for the East Midlands Combined Authority, representing the largest transport settlement ever for the East Midlands.
Commenting, Ben Bradley stated:
‘The announcement of a further £4,691,000 for bus service in Nottinghamshire is absolutely fantastic for residents. I’ve personally made the case to the Transport Secretary about just how important buses are for people in Nottinghamshire and it is brilliant to see my points have been listed to and actioned on.’
‘Building on this announcement, our new devolution deal and having a regional Mayor will be the chance to invest really significant new funding like this in better services, especially with the extra £1.5 billion we were given just a few weeks ago. Whether that's filling the gaps in existing bus services and connecting communities to the network, or introducing new and improved aspects like the expansion of 'On Demand' buses and 'Tap on/Tap off' ticketing.’
‘I look forward to utilising the funding announced yesterday, as well as the previous funding announcements, to better connect up our region and provide a better public transport offering for residents.’