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Bus Services

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the PlusBus ticket scheme; and what plans he has to extend this scheme to the whole of the United Kingdom. [109133]

Journey Solutions, which was set up and is funded by the passenger transport industry, is responsible for the PlusBus scheme. PlusBus is a ticket that provides a simple add-on bus option to rail tickets at either or both ends of a train journey. It is currently available at 90 stations across the National Rail network in England, Wales and. Scotland, and will be available at a further 10 stations by May 2003. Journey Solutions intends that PlusBus will be progressively rolled out until every major town and city in Great Britain is covered.Decisions on further extension of the scheme will be made by Journey Solutions and its industry stakeholders, in consultation with my Department and t he Devolved Administrations.