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Bus Services: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government contributed to the cost of running bus services in York from (a) 1987 to 1997 and (b) 1997 to 2007. (197182)

Rural Bus Subsidy Grant (RBSG) was introduced in 1998 to help local authorities provide support for bus services. The City of York has to date received a total of £1,046,716 in RBSG from the Department.

York has also received a total of £415,000 in support under the Rural Bus Challenge competition, also introduced in 1998.

Local authorities may also use funding from the Government’s unhypothecated Revenue Support Grant to support local bus services.

Bus companies operating in and around York also receive Bus Service Operators Grant from the Department. This is a payment equivalent to about 80 per cent. of the fuel duty operators incur in providing local bus services. However, as BSOG is a payment direct to operators, statistics are not kept of payments by local authority or geographical area.