BRIGHTON and Hove Buses, which runs services throughout the Lewes constituency, is to receive £840,552 from the government to provide greener buses.
And Lewes constituents who take the bus to Brighton will also see the benefits of a further £3,480,000 to be invested in the Brighton and Hove Better Bus Area, according to local MP Norman Baker.
He last week announced on behalf of the government a £101m package of funding to improve buses throughout the country.
The £70m Better Bus Area fund is being directed to successful local authorities that produced bids which boost growth, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus passenger numbers.
Unfortunately, and somewhat disappointingly according to the MP, East Sussex County Council failed to submit a bid for the BBA.
Brighton and Hove, however, did submit a successful bid and has secured £3,480,000 with £1.6m directed to upgrade the Lewes Road corridor which will improve the journeys for those who travel from the Lewes constituency to Brighton.
The £101m also includes a £31m Green Bus Fund which will provide 439 low carbon buses and aims to bring down fuel emissions and air pollution levels and encourage bus operators and local councils to make the switch to hybrid-electric, fully electric or gas buses. Under this fund, Brighton and Hove Buses will get 11 new green buses.
Mr Baker said: “Taking the bus is a great and environmentally friendly way of getting around and with the government maintaining the concessionary bus passes it is free for the elderly. While it is of course disappointing that East Sussex County Council failed to submit a bid to this very substantial government fund, I am pleased at least that my constituents will see the benefits from Brighton and Hove Bus Company’s successful bid and also an improvement in services to Brighton through the Brighton and Hove’s successful bid to the Better Bus Area fund.
“The government is focused on supporting investment in public transport to stimulate growth and cut carbon emissions and with this £101m investment in buses, we are putting that focus into practice.”