Rachel has welcomed a further £3.4 million in Government funding for bus services in Worcestershire.
Thanks to savings from HS2, a £230 million investment will be made in the Midlands to help local councils deliver their Bus Service Improvement Plans and make buses more frequent, more reliable and easier to use.
£150 million of this funding has been announced for the next financial year, with this funding going directly to local councils so that they can work in partnership with operators to decide how best to use it to deliver better services that meet the needs of each local area.
Worcestershire County Council will be receiving £3,433,000 from this new funding.
This funding means people across Worcestershire have benefitted from a total of £6,292,372 funding from the Government to support bus services since 2022.
The Government has also announced that it is providing a further £600 million to cap bus fares at £2 until the end of 2024.
“I know buses connect our communities by getting people to work, taking our kids to school, and making sure patients can get to doctors’ appointments.
“These services are vital, and the Government recognises that too, which is why we have been able to secure a further £3.4 million in Government funding.
“This funding, which takes the total we’ve received to £6.2 million, will be used to protect, enhance and secure a better future for our local bus services.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the County Council and bus operators to support local services which my constituents rely on.”