Although wrapped up as part of a wider announcement about a range of transport funding totalling £7bn, (City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements) on 4 April the Government revealed that 48 – more than half – of the 79 English regions that had submitted Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIP) had failed in their bids.
In total, the 79 regions asked for an estimated £10bn of funding, from a pot now only £1bn strong.
The original funding earmarked as “a £3bn bus transformation” announced in 2020, was whittled down by the £2bn paid to support bus and tram operators during the pandemic.
The funding is a central component of the government’s National Bus Strategy – Bus Back Better – yet of the £1,084,300 funding allocated, 48% is shared by five city regions.
When authorities were told that they had to submit their BSIPs by last October, they were warned that if they were not up to standard, no funding would be forthcoming.
Indicative BSIP funding allocations
1. North East and North of Tyne: £163.5m
2. West of England and North Somerset: £105.5m
3. Greater Manchester: £94.8m
4. West Midlands: £87.9m
5. West Yorkshire: £70m
6. Norfolk: £49.6m
7. Portsmouth: £48.3m
8. Derbyshire: £47m
9. East Sussex: £41.4m
10. Kent: £35.1m
11. Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire: £34.2m
12. Stoke-on-Trent: £31.7m
13. Hertfordshire: £29.7m
14. Brighton and Hove: £27.9m
15. Reading: £26.3m
16. Luton: £19.1m
17. Nottinghamshire: £18.7m
18. City of York: £17.4m
19. West Sussex: £17.4m
20. Warrington: £16.2m
21. Devon: £14.1m
22. Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly): £13.3m
23. Oxfordshire: £12.7m
24. Liverpool City Region: £12.3m
25. Somerset: £11.9m
26. Nottingham City: £11.4m
27. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: £8.9m
28. Derby City: £7m
29. North East Lincolnshire: £4.7m
30. Central Bedfordshire: £3.7m
31. West Berkshire: £2.6m