West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “I’m pleased to see that the government’s National Bus Strategy mirrors the themes and objectives that I have already set out in the Bus Strategy for the West of England that we adopted in June last year. Residents in the West of England rely on our local bus services, and our strategy sets out our plan for an integrated, cohesive network with a common system of ticketing, simplified fares, reliable journey times and good levels of service across the day for both urban and rural areas.
“This wider framework provides an opportunity now to realise my ambition for the region’s transport network. I am confident that local bus operators will want to rise to the challenge and work with the Combined Authority our constituent councils and North Somerset Council to develop a new formal partnership with long-term funding from Government to bring lasting improvements to our bus network. If the Government backs this statement of intent with clarity on funding and the operating framework in the coming weeks, then I have asked my team at the Combined Authority to begin the discussions to bring this vision into reality and get our region moving.
“The improvement of bus services form part of my plans to transform travel in the region and offer alternatives to the car. This is alongside investment in measures to enable walking and cycling, an e-scooter trial, investment in metrobus, the transformative MetroWest rail network and plans underway to develop options for a regional mass transit system.”
Link to Government press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-launches-3-billion-bus-revolution