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Government of Wales announces Bus Emergency Scheme, UK [free access]

July 3, 2020

The Welsh Government has announced the Bus Emergency Scheme (BES) as its previous short-term Bus Hardship Fund scheme comes to an end. The new scheme will provide financial support to make up for revenue lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The revenue from bus services is expected to remain low for the foreseeable future and this emergency funding will be used to provide an operating subsidy for the lost revenue.

 

The operators will work with local authorities and with Transport for Wales (TfW) to determine service levels. In the longer term, the Welsh Government, supported by TfW and in collaboration with local authorities and bus operators, will develop the BES to form the basis of a new funding scheme that will allow the disbursement of GBP100 million of public funding for bus operations.

 

(1 GBP [British Pound] = 1.24 USD)