More than £105m of funding has been confirmed to transform bus services across North Somerset and the West of England Combined Authority area.
North Somerset Council and the West of England Combined Authority today received confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) that it will receive £105,488,498 to implement a joint Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) over the next three years.
£48m is earmarked for capital improvements in North Somerset alone. The remaining £57.5m is a pooled revenue fund with the combined authority.
Improvements will include:
- An ambitious fares support package to ensure that buses remain excellent value as inflationary costs impact on the bus industry.
- A significant increase in the current bus network, delivering a comprehensive network of services with frequency standards matched to the population densities and demands.
- Higher bus frequencies in our towns and urban areas, offering a good range of destinations and connections including with rail. Major towns should expect a minimum frequency of 60 minutes, with many increased to every 30 or 20 minutes on priority corridors such as the A370, A369 and A38.
- A range of bus services to support the 24/7 economy, providing improvements to the early morning, evening, night, and weekend services.
- A single bus network with every vehicle and bus stop identifiable as part of the network, through a common brand.
- Reliable, faster and consistent journey times.
These improvements will also accelerate the decarbonisation of transport – a key priority for the council as part of its commitment to tackle the climate emergency.
More information about the plan is available on the council’s website at n-somerset.gov.uk/busserviceimprovementplan.