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£90 million boost for bus services across the UK

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Bus services across the UK have been given £90 million funding to make them greener, more efficient and easier to use.

It is believed that the funding will deliver a better service for passengers in a way that will also benefit the environment.

Most of the funding will go towards the Better Bus Area Fund which provides grants of up to £5 million to a minimum of 10 authorities working in partnership with bus operators.

If authorities want to receive a grant they have to apply in writing highlighting the main points of why they need funding.

The Better Bus Area Fund will receive £50 million which will see bus operators working in partnership with local authorities to increase passenger numbers.

It is hoped funding will reduce congestion, provide better information for passengers and improvements to bus stations will also be made.

A further £10 million will go towards supporting the development of Community Transport, which will provide funding for 76 authorities.

Funding of £20 million will go towards a third round of the green bus fund that enables bus operators and local authorities to buy low carbon buses.

The final amount of £10 million will be used to fit pollution reduction technology to London buses, this is made up of £5 million from Central Government and £5 million from Transport of London.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “This package of bus measures will support growth in our economy by creating better links to work, shops and schools, as well as helping to cut carbon emissions.

“This huge injection of £50 million for our new Better Bus Areas will encourage partnership working between good local authorities and good bus companies, which will benefit bus passengers.

“In terms of the Green Bus Fund announcement, the UK is fast establishing itself as a world leader in low carbon bus technology, and I am proud to deliver this vote of confidence in our bus building industry. This is great news for jobs and manufacturing in this country.”

The funding will be a big help for areas that are struggling with bus services around certain parts of the UK with it hopefully providing a more up to date service for passengers.

Local authorities have until the 24th February 2012 to submit their proposal to be considered for a grant from the Better Bus Area Fund.

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By Amanda Bainbridge