I’ve long been a supporter of buses.
They can help reduce congestion on our roads, improve air quality, and provide a vital lifeline to people. But I know services have been under pressure in recent years.
That’s why I’m backing Kent County Council’s bid for investment from a new £200 million fund for bus services across the country. This is part of a new £5 billion package of funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London.
The bid from KCC will help deliver low fare, high frequency bus services in the County as well as help transition to a fleet of electric buses.
I’m delighted that KCC is bidding to trial a Super Bus Network in Maidstone. The town has seen a large amount of development – without infrastructure to support it – causing severe congestion and pollution in some places. A Super Bus Network would help take some of the pressure off our roads.
KCC are also bidding for funding from the Electric Bus Town Fund, the Supported Bus Service Fund, and the Rural Mobility Fund, which has my full support.
This is an opportunity level up bus services in towns and rural areas with those in our cities, and deliver better services for our community.
I’m determined to get Kent it’s share of investment for bus services.