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£5M BOOST FOR BUS SERVICES IN WALES

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Bus passengers throughout Wales will benefit from£5m awarded under the Bus Subsidy Grant scheme, assembly transpor...
Bus passengers throughout Wales will benefit from£5m awarded under the Bus Subsidy Grant scheme, assembly transport secretary Sue Essex has announced.

'I am very pleased to announce that£5m is being awarded to local authorities in Wales for bus services. Buses are at the heart of the assembly's integrated transport policy, and this money will provide extra help to local authorities in securing subsidised local bus services for its communities.

'Subsidised bus services are vital for many people to reach essential services and facilities, including healthcare, leisure, social events and keeping in touch with friends and relatives. In addition to promoting mobility and social inclusion, this funding will help make buses an increasingly attractive and realistic alternative to the car for more journeys.'

Note

The Bus Subsidy Grant scheme was introduced in 1998-99, when local authorities were allocated£2.25m under the Rural Bus Subsidy Grant scheme. The budget was increased by more than 120 per cent in the current financial year, and the scheme extended so that authorities have discretion to spend up to£2m of the total on services in rural or urban areas. The balance of£3m must be used in rural areas.

For 2000-01, the distribution of the£3m again reflects the sparsity of population in electoral wards (ie those in which the population density is less than four persons per hectare). The balance of£2m has been determined on the basis of total population figures. The method of allocation has been agreed with the Welsh Local Government Association.

Full details of the grant allocations and the conditions attached to it are set out in Special Grant Report (Wales) 2000. Copies of the Report and the associated Notes for Guidance are being sent to local authorities. The allocations to individual authorities are set out in the attached table.

BUS SUBSIDY GRANT SCHEME 2000-01

Amounts payable to authorities

Authority area

Blaenau Gwent

£80,947

Bridgend

£212,442

Caerphilly

£216,735

Cardiff

£273,999

Carmarthenshire

£484,481

Ceredigion

£215,086

Conwy

£177,762

Denbighshire

£178,707

Flintshire

£242,372

Gwynedd

£343,485

Isle of Anglesey

£204,607

Merthyr Tydfil

£78,711

Monmouthshire

£205,521

Neath Port Talbot

£251,946

Newport

£138,380

Pembrokeshire

£270,944

Powys

£380,286

Rhondda Cynon Taff

£292,340

Swansea

£234,562

Torfaen

£131,317

Vale of Glamorgan

£193,998

Wrexham

£191,372

Wales

£5,000,000

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