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Public Transport: Rural Areas

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage greater use of public transport in large rural areas. (316860)

The Government pay over £58 million annually in rural bus subsidy grant payments and have just published a “toolkit” for local authorities planning rural transport provision; this is alongside guidance encouraging greater partnership with community transport operators, who provide valuable services in rural areas.

The Government also support a large number of rural rail services funded via the franchising process and by direct grants to Network Rail. They also provide support to community rail partnerships through the Association of Community Rail Partnerships and small scale grants for projects on designated community rail routes.