Brighton and Hove News » £28million increase for Brighton bus services
Plans to make Brighton’s bus services faster, cheaper and more reliable have received £27.9million of government funding.
Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Buses are already working on how to achieve a series of targets to get more people on board.
The Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), which was approved by councilors last September, includes testing of improved frequencies on less busy routes, possible new bus lanes on the A23 and the A259, the move to all-electric fleets, more limited stopping services, simplified fares and better bus shelters.
Funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) will be released once a formal agreement – known as an ‘enhanced partnership’ – is formally agreed.
And the council also learned this week that its £499,500 bid from the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to retrofit the exhausts of around 40 buses to reduce emissions has also been successful.
Councilor Steve Davis, Co-Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: ‘This is fantastic news for the future of bus travel in Brighton & Hove and I would like to thank our team at council for his hard work in setting up the BSIP. .
“We already have excellent use of buses in the city and a great relationship with local bus operators. This funding will help us build on the work in progress, continue to improve bus services and get more people on the bus.
“Getting more people to use public transport is vital if we are to reduce carbon emissions in the city and address the climate emergency we face. Improving our bus network and making services accessible to all is a key element in achieving this.
Ed Wills, chief executive of Brighton and Hove and Metrobus, said: “We are delighted that the Department for Transport (DfT) has granted the city an interim amount of £27.9 million to implement a plan to improve the local bus service (BSIP)
“We work hard every day to provide frequent and reliable bus service to the community.
“With the funding from BSIP, we look forward to implementing other initiatives in addition to what we are currently providing.
“Ultimately, our common goal with Brighton and Hove City Council is to get more people out of their cars and onto buses to tackle climate change and make busing a natural choice.”