Greater Manchester to receive more than £10m of HS2 cash for local bus services
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It comes after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak scrapped the northern leg of the HS2 scheme from Birmingham to Manchester earlier this month, promising to put the money into hundreds of smaller transport projects instead.
The Government has now announced how much areas across the Midlands and northern England will receive as part of a £150m investment for bus services, which is the first stage of a £1bn investment plan.
Local authorities covered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, which includes Wigan, are set to receive £16.3m – one of the largest single allocations.
Mr Sunak said: “Today’s announcement marks the start of the Network North plan coming into action.
“We’re backing buses with one of the biggest ever support packages and keeping bus fares down to ensure the country’s favourite means of transport is more affordable for millions of people.
“This Government is taking the right long-term decisions to deliver on our vision for a fairer and improved transport system by investing billions back into to the transport projects that matter most to people and their communities.”
Local authorities and bus operators will be able to decide how to use the funding. That could mean reintroducing evening services, increasing the frequency of buses on busy routes or introducing new services to connect areas.
The Government said the funding would be enough to support up to 25 million miles of new bus services across the North and Midlands.