Economic development and transport minister Andrew Davies described the four-fold increase in funding as a reflection of the federation's success in promoting bus travel and supporting passengers' interests.
Andrew Davies said: 'Buses have a vital role to play in reducing traffic on our more congested roads, and encouraging people to adopt more sustainable methods of travel. The experience and expertise that Leo Markham has brought to assembly government initiatives, such as free bus travel for over-60s, has been invaluable. This increase in funding is a reflection of his hard work and success over the past three years in promoting the use of buses and representing passengers' interests.'
The extra funding will support the appointment of an additional, full-time deputy officer, as well as the provision of a manned, bilingual telephone service, and bilingual publicity about the federation's work in Wales.
The minister's announcement has been warmly welcomed by Leo Markham: 'Andrew Davies' announcement is tremendous news for bus passengers throughout Wales. This very substantial increase in funding means that we will be able to work even harder on behalf of passengers, and more closely with local authoriti es and bus operators. Along with the assembly government, they already share the federation's keenness to make bus travel an increasingly attractive and realistic alternative for more journeys, and boosting the work that we do can only help achieve our shared objectives.'