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Bus Services: York

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much his Department has spent on supporting bus services in York in each year since the creation of the York unitary authority; (257834)

(2) how much his Department has spent on road improvements in City of York constituency in each year since the creation of the York unitary authority.

Funding provided by the Department for Transport to local authorities is not generally ring-fenced and local authorities have discretion to spend their allocations in line with their priorities. Figures are not therefore available at constituency level.

The Department allocates integrated transport block funding to local transport authorities for general capital investment in transport. Figures are available from 1997-98 and are shown in £ millions in Table 1:

Table 1: Capital support for transport schemes in City of York council

£ million

Integrated transport block

Total pre-LTP funding

2008-09

3.737

2007-08

4.141

2006-07

4.478

2005-06

4.900

2004-05

4.840

2003-04

4.700

2002-03

4.400

2001-02

4.900

2000-01

1.550

1999-2000

1.983

1998-99

1.127

1997-98

2.212

Revenue expenditure on transport is generally supported through the Department for Communities and Local Government's Formula Grant.

Rural Bus Subsidy

The City of York council also receives grant funding to help support marginal bus services through the rural bus subsidy grant (RBSG) and rural bus challenge (RBC), as shown in Table 2:

Table 2: Bus subsidy for City of York since 1998-99

£

RBSG

RBC

2008-091

137,852

2007-08

134,466

2006-07

131,322

2005-06

128,178

2185,700

2004-05

123,342

2003-04

109,261

2002-03

107,008

2001-02

93,491

2000-01

73,216

235,858

1999-2000

73,216

1998-99

73,216

180,000

1 Since April 2008, RBSG has been included in Area Based Grant allocations to local authorities.

2 Part of the 2005 Kickstart bus funding competition.

Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG)

Local bus service and community transport operators receive bus service operators grant (BSOG) from this Department, amounting to over £400 million in 2008-09. Records are not kept of BSOG expenditure by local authority area.

Concessionary fares

Before 1 April 2008, funding for the statutory minimum bus concession was provided exclusively through the Formula Grant system, which is administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG). The Department for Transport therefore provided no funding to City of York council for concessionary bus travel prior to this date.

The Department did however provide City of York council with £130,972 in 2007-08 for the cost of producing and issuing the new England-wide bus passes to all their eligible people. In 2008-09 DFT will provide City of York council with special grant funding of £1.1 million for the improvement to statutory concessionary travel; this is in addition to the existing formula grant funding from CLG.

The Department also provides block funding for road improvements and maintenance, as set out in Table 3:

Table 3: Funding for road improvements and maintenance in City of York council

Highways Maintenance

Other funding1

Total

2008-09

1.379

1.217

2.596

2007-08

1.419

L 1.379

2.798

2006-07

1.386

0.887

2.273

2005-06

1.325

0.364

1.689

2004-05

1.462

0.633

2.095

2003-04

1.281

0.314

1.595

2002-03

1.155

1.155

2001-02

1.095

1.095

2000-01

0.712

0.712

1999-2000

1998-99

1997-98

0.977

1996-97

2.262

1 Other funding covers capital and revenue funding for detrunking, and road safety capital funding.

In 1996-97 and 1997-98 the Department provided £3.239 million for the Peasholme Green bridge scheme.