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£51M ALLOCATED FOR RURAL BUSES

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Transport minister Tony McNulty today announced the amount each ...
Transport minister Tony McNulty today announced the amount each

eligible local transport authority in England will receive as part of

the£51m Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG) for 2004/05.

The total money available has been increased to£51m from£48.5m in

the current year. All authorities who currently receive the grant

will get at least a 3% increase in their allocation and one

authority, Brighton and Hove, will receive a share for the first

time.

The Rural Bus Subsidy Grant currently supports over 2,000 rural bus

services and can be used to operate new and enhanced services in

rural areas outside settlements of 25,000 or more.

Mr McNulty said:

'This increased funding demonstrates our continuing commitment to

providing improved public transport in rural areas. The services

supported by this grant are playing an increasing role in tackling

rural social exclusion and improving transport choice in rural areas.

We are also broadening the range of services on which the grant can

be used to give a further boost to new, flexible solutions to meeting

local transport needs.'

Notes

1. RBSG was first introduced in 1998/99 as part of a package of

measures to improve rural transport. Over 2000 rural bus services are

currently being supported by the grant. The 2003 Budget Report

announced that the grant will be continued until March 2006.

2.The full list of allocations is below. The grant is allocated to

local authorities based on their rural population and for the first

time the allocation of the grant is based on 2001 census data. There

are larger increases for those areas which the 2001 census shows have

significantly increased rural populations. (The rural population for

this purpose is the number of residents living outside settlements of

3000 or more. Some transport authorities do not qualify for the grant

because they do not have significant numbers living in rural areas).

Rural Bus Subsidy Grant by Region

Local Authority 2004/05 allocation in£ increase from

03/04

East

Bedfordshire 680,886 3.0%

Cambridgeshire 1,316,869 11.7%

Essex 1,694,611 8.1%

Hertfordshire 682,023 3.0%

Norfolk 2,450,619 3.0%

Suffolk 1,846,941 3.0%

Peterborough 158,211 26.2%

Thurrock 58,679 3.0%

Total 8,884,760

East Midlands

Derbyshire 1,138,789 6.9%

Leicestershire 854,865 3.0%

Lincolnshire 1,835,862 3.0%

Northamptonshire 1,070,982 3.0%

Nottinghamshire 808,123 3.6%

Rutland 168,946 5.8%

Total 5,878,391

North East

Darlington 94,605 31.1%

Durham 929,178 3.0%

Hartlepool 25,933 3.0%

Middlesbrough 17,741 3.0%

Northumberland 768,870 8.1%

Redcar & Cleveland 86,840 3.0%

Stockton-on-Tees 53,684 6.3%

Tyne and Wear 128,645 5.1%

Total 2,105,604

North West

Blackburn with Darwen 59,986 3.0%

Cheshire 947,889 3.7%

Cumbria 1,471,573 3.0%

Greater Manchester 286,868 45.2%

Halton 84,507 82.3%

Lancashire 1,238,021 10.4%

Merseyside 128,306 3.0%

Warrington 107,875 21.2%

Total 4,275,945

South East

Bracknell Forest 61,541 3.0%

Brighton and Hove UA 24,367 Not applicable

Buckinghamshire 887,526 6.0%

East Sussex 874,401 4.8%

Hampshire 1,374,867 3.0%

Isle of Wight 244,811 3.0%

Kent 2,088,151 8.5%

Medway 166,717 27.7%

Milton Keynes 112,759 5.7%

Oxfordshire 1,424,726 3.0%

Surrey 970,189 6.5%

West Berkshire 357,632 3.1%

West Sussex 890,466 3.0%

Windsor & Maidenhead 95,812 26.9%

Wokingham 130,769 13.2%

Total 9,704,735

South West

Bath & NE Somerset 216,957 3.9%

Bristol 10,025 3.0%

Cornwall 1,876,875 3.0%

Devon 2,165,773 3.0%

Dorset 904,265 4.6%

Gloucestershire 1,220,569 3.0%

North Somerset 204,209 3.0%

Plymouth 14,996 3.0%

Poole 11,406 3.0%

Somerset 1,608,722 5.9%

South Gloucestershire 294,220 3.0%

Swindon 85,727 3.0%

Torbay 15,105 20.7%

Wiltshire 1,227,044 4.6%

Total 9,855,892

West Midlands

Herefordshire 803,064 3.0%

Shropshire 968,902 3.0%

Staffordshire 1,243,724 3.0%

Stoke-on-Trent 8,336 3.0%

Telford and The Wrekin 116,892 3.0%

Warwickshire 933,388 4.9%

West Midlands 142,945 10.4%

Worcestershire 1,038,303 3.0%

Total 5,254,888

Yorkshire & Humber

East Riding 821,259 3.0%

NE Lincolnshire 73,794 15.9%

North Lincolnshire 395,721 3.0%

North Yorkshire 2,121,545 3.0%

South Yorkshire 520,712 3.0%

West Yorkshire 980,819 18.3%

York 123,342 12.9%

Total 5,037,405

Grand total£51,000,000

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