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£900,000 fund for Nottingham to save at-risk bus services

Nottingham City Council has been granted an additional £899,044 by the Department for Transport (DfT) to support the Greater Nottingham Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

 

The funding aims to enhance at-risk commercial bus services and extend current ticketing schemes for under-22s and care leavers.

Details of the Decision

The delegated decision, Reference Number 5022, was authored by Richard Wellings, Senior Public Transport Officer at the Growth and City Development Department. The decision outlines the acceptance of supplementary “BSIP+” funding, which will be allocated as £445,022 in 2023/24 and another £445,022 in 2024/25.

The Corporate Director of Development and Growth has been delegated the authority to:

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  1. Accept the BSIP+ funding.
  2. Submit the required Project Adjustment Request to the DfT.
  3. Grant Award local bus operators to deliver frequency enhancements, route extensions, and other service improvements.

Urgency and Timelines

The decision was expedited due to a looming deadline from the DfT for confirming the additional funding. The urgency also stems from the need to support bus service procurement this autumn.

Reasons for the Decision

The additional funding complements the £11.3 million already awarded for the BSIP. It aims to support and enhance commercial bus services at risk of curtailment or withdrawal. The funding will also provide additional support to the current U22s and Care Leavers Ticketing Schemes.

Other Options Considered

The council considered rejecting the BSIP+ funding but decided against it. Without this funding, nine commercial bus services would be at risk, affecting social and economic connectivity for local communities.

Legal and Financial Implications

The decision has received legal and financial advice and is supported as it will not add financial pressure to the Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP).

Equality and Diversity

The Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) has been reviewed and found to have no impacts on any of the protected characteristics.


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