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Transport Funding (Buckingham)

Volume 403: debated on Thursday 10 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been awarded to projects affecting the Buckingham constituency from the (a) rural transport partnership, (b) transport grant scheme, (c) rural bus challenge fund, (d) rural transport development fund, (e) rural bus subsidy grant and (f) urban bus challenge fund in each year since their inception; and what the nature of the project and level of funding was in each case. [108516]

I refer the hon. Member to the answer of 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 594–96W.Details of awards made within the county of Buckinghamshire, but not included in that reply are given in the following table. Records are not kept of awards by individual parliamentary constituencies.

Since April 2001 the Government has provided £191,457 of grant funding to Buckinghamshire. The schemes are listed below:
(a) Rural Transport PartnershipAlternative Transport guide—£10,420

Voluntary car schemes—£12,034

Dial-a-ride services—£8,762

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes (RTP)—£86,612

Rural Dial-a-ride—£11,040

Walkways and cycleways—£33,321

Aylesbury Vale Greenways


Explore the Chilterns—£11,250
Since April 2001 the Government has provided £23,121 of funding to Buckinghamshire. The schemes are listed below:
(b) Parish Transport Grant SchemeFour villages transport—£21,840

Tax Bus Service— £1,281
(c) Rural Bus Challenge Fund2001—02—No award to

Buckinghamshire in 2001


for services in the Wycombe area
(d) Rural Transport Development FundThe Rural Transport Development

Fund (RTDF) scheme was merged with the Rural Transport

Partnership fund in April 2001
(e) Rural Bus Subsidy Grant12002–03—£837,352
(f)Urban Bus Challenge FundNo awards have been made in Buckinghamshire under the Urban

Bus Challenge fund
1 RBSG is primarily for the support of new or enhanced rural bus services. In 2001–02 Buckinghamshire provided 46 services with the aid of the grant.