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Minister questioned on Government’s National Bus Strategy

27 June 2022

The Government’s National Bus Strategy for improved bus services in England outside London puts a premium on greater cooperation between bus operators and local councils to use new and existing funding to improve services for passengers.


Wednesday 29 June 2022, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

  • The Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Roads, Buses and Places
  • Stephen Fidler, Co-Director for Local Transport, Department for Transport

As the Transport Committee moves to complete its evidence-taking on the Department’s progress on the Strategy, MPs will put questions to the Transport minister with responsibility for buses, Baroness Vere, and the Department for Transport’s co-Director for Local Transport, Stephen Fidler.

The National Bus Strategy, published in March 2021, included plans for simpler, cheaper fares; more turn-up-and-go services; improvements such as better information, more bus priority lanes and greener and more accessible services, as well as new forms of provision.

The Department for Transport has also acknowledged that a substantial shift from cars to public forms of transport is needed to help achieve the Government’s climate change and air quality targets, especially in congested places.

Among the topics for discussion, MPs’ questions are likely to consider:

  • the Department’s view of its progress
  • the process and allocation of Bus Service Improvement Plan funding
  • the enhanced partnerships between local transport authorities and local bus operators
  • the uptake of zero emission vehicles, and
  • the sector’s recovery from the pandemic.

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