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Uncertain funding for councils ‘may hamper bus franchising’

Buses

Rhodri Clark
30 August 2019
 

Progress on establishing bus franchises – which new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vocally backed – could be hampered by uncertainty over future local government funding. 

One combined authority told LTT that it could forecast future costs of bus operations under various scenarios but not its future funding from central government. Short-term funding settlements are also an issue in Wales, where the Welsh Government expects bus franchises to last for seven years. Councils in...

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