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Bus Services: Halifax

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department allocated to Halifax local authority for spending on bus services in each of the last five years. (198813)

Halifax is in the area covered by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority (WYPTA) and the Department's support for bus services is allocated to WYPTA rather than to individual local authorities in the area.

In the last five years a total of £4.9 million was allocated to WYPTA in rural bus subsidy grant. In the same period WYPTA also received £5 million in funding from the Department's urban and rural bus challenge and Kickstart schemes. Four of the projects, totalling £2.4 million, supported under these schemes involve services in Calderdale district which includes Halifax.

Bus companies operating in and around Halifax 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.

Local authorities may also use funding from the Government's unhypothecated revenue support grant (formula grant) to support local bus services.