CPT Cymru, the bus industry representative body in Wales, has highlighted that further funding will be required or bus operators will be unable to deliver an emergency bus network across Wales during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ministers are being urged to get behind the industry now or risk the decimation of a national bus network that is getting critical sector employees to work during the current crisis and is central to communities and regional economies all year round.
Yesterday evening CPT’s Graham Vidler received a letter from Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, outlining steps the Government will take to support the bus and coach industry during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s announcement of further support for businesses affected by the Covid-19 outbreak bus and coach operators have called on the Government to provide emergency support to ensure networks continue to function and that that those who need to make essential journeys, like health service and emergency workers, can continue to do so.
The bus industry is doing all it can to support the health and wellbeing of its customers, colleagues and the general public at this time of crisis. We are playing our part in communicating the Government's public health advice to avoid unessential travel.
The Scottish Government will provide bus operators with additional financial assistance to maintain essential services. This is intended to offset the impact that reduced demand is having on the viability of local services for key workers and to protect the industry for the future.