The Conservative Government has announced Milton Keynes City Council will be receiving £654,193 for 2024 to 2025 as part of the Local Transport Authority Bus Service Improvement Plans Plus (LTA BSIP+) allocations.
This is part of an £80 million announcement of funding across England to protect essential bus services and allow local authorities to make the improvements that would most benefit their communities.
Local authorities can use the funding to improve local buses in several ways, such as by bringing in new services or routes, extending timetables through new morning or evening buses or making tickets cheaper through reduced fares for elderly or young people, depending on what will be most valuable in their local area.
The investment could also be used to protect hundreds of bus services with low passenger numbers so that people who rely on them for essential services can continue to access their local bus.
Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South said:
“I welcome the announcement that Milton Keynes will receive £654,193 from this Conservative Government.
“Buses are a lifeline for many of my constituents who rely on them to get to work, the shops and important appointments so it is right the government is providing funding to support local services.
“It is my hope that MK Council will use this money to protect our local bus routes and to improve bus reliability and punctuality.”
Following this announcement, it takes the total Conservative Government support to protect and improve bus services while keeping fares low to £3.5 billion since 2020.