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£42 Million Bus Cash Won

MPs ‘delighted’ at Government investment

Dawn Primarolo and Kerry McCarthy, Labour’s MPs for Bristol South and Bristol East, have today welcomed the news that Bristol will benefit from £42 million Government funding for the creation of the Greater Bristol Bus Network (GBBN).  Transport Minister Rosie Winterton announced the Government’s decision on a visit to Bristol on Tuesday morning.  The GBBN will see significant improvements to ten bus corridors in and around Bristol, with passengers set to benefit from improved reliability, more services and improved facilities both on-board and on bus stops.  

Commenting, Dawn said:

“This is fantastic news for Bristol.  Everyone agrees that bus services in our city need improving, and this money will go a long way to make buses the smart way to travel in and around Bristol.  What we now need to do is work with First to make sure that these new services are affordable and, of course, reliable.”       

Kerry, who was with Ms Winterton when she made her announcement, added:

“I have been pressing the Department for Transport to approve GBBN’s funding bid for some time now so I was delighted to hear about Rosie’s announcement.  Improvements to these corridors will help get people out of their cars and on to buses.  Buses will be more reliable, and every person who chooses to leave the car at home helps improve Bristol’s congestion problem.” 

[20 May 2008]

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