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£25m to help support vital bus services in Wales
Welsh Economy Secretary Ken Skates has announced a £25 million funding boost for bus services in Wales to better support necessary bus and community transport across 22 local authorities.
Part of the Bus Services Support Grant (BSSG), which is allocated annually to Wales’ local authorities, the investment will supplement local authorities’ own expenditure on bus and community transport services.
Skates said: “I am pleased to announce that the Welsh Government has committed £25 million to help ensure a sustainable bus service across Wales over the next financial year. Local scheduled bus services are, and will continue to be, the foundation of our public transport system, allowing people across Wales to get to work, hospital appointments, education and leisure activities.
“They are vital to Welsh life and actually account for around 100m passenger journeys each year. I am pleased we have been able to maintain our investment levels in Wales’ bus services despite increasingly challenging financial settlements. This is a reflection of our commitment to supporting our bus industry and to delivering an effective network of buses for communities as part of an integrated, multi-modal system of public transport right across Wales.”