Wirral, along with the wider Merseyside area, will receive an extra £3.1 million to support local bus services, as part of £80m being invested nationally by the Government next year.
This week's money means people across the Merseytravel area have benefitted from a total of £18.5m from the Conservative Government to support bus services since 2022, over and above what Council Taxpayers contribute to Merseytravel.
The investment comes from the £80 million Bus Services Improvement Plan 2024-25 fund, of which there have been three rounds – building on the £80 million invested in 2023-24 and £1 billion invested in 2022.
It comes on top of a further £140 million announced in May from the extension of the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG), taking the total to continue supporting and protecting bus services across England to £300 million into 2025.
To help people with the cost of living and save on everyday travel costs, the Conservative Government have also invested £200 million to extend the bus fare cap, with single bus tickets capped at £2 outside London until the end of October 2023 and then at £2.50 until 30 November 2024.
The £2 fare cap has cut travel costs, particularly in rural areas, where buses are crucial for so many people to get around, with the average fare dropping by 10.8 per cent in rural and non-metropolitan parts of England.
The measures take total Conservative Government support to protect and improve bus services while keeping fares low to £3.5 billion since 2020.
Commenting, Councillor Ian Lewis, seen here with Councillor Lesley Rennie and Roads Minister Richard Holden, said:
“Many people rely on bus services across Wallasey, to get to work or to see family and friends.
"Lesley and I are committed to improving public transport in Wallasey - whether it's better access at Wallasey Village Station or our successful push for the reintroduction of the 106/107 bus service in the Mount Road area.
“We really hope that residents in our community will see the benefit of this extra cash.”
Roads Minister Richard Holden MP added:
“Buses are the most popular form of public transport and millions of people across the country from the Tees Valley to Torbay rely on their local service to get to work, attend medical appointments and see loved ones.
“We are providing a further £80 million to help local authorities improve and protect essential services, delivering for local communities across the country by enhancing transport connections, supporting passengers and growing the economy.”