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Covid-19: Support for passenger transport

How we are supporting communities and passenger transport operators in Leicestershire.

Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant (CBSSG)

Due to Covid-19, government had previously been asking the public to avoid the use of public transport for the first few months of the pandemic. Whilst government guidance on use of public transport has varied over the period since the start of the pandemic, patronage on public transport services has not returned to pre-Covid-19 levels.

During this time, local councils have been encouraged by government to maintain their existing subsidies paid to bus operators for supported bus services operating in their area. To enable local authorities to further support bus operators, government have provided a Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant to ensure bus operators can maintain necessary services at a level which is sufficient to meet reduced demand, but also to allow adequate space between passengers on board, in line with social distancing guidance.

Leicestershire County Council has been able to claim some financial support from the CBSSG funding for the Covid-19 period starting 17 March 2020. It is expected this CBSSG support funding alone will be insufficient to fulfil what the government is encouraging the county council to do; the authority may need to draw on other funding sources, as indicated below.

The authority has claimed the following amounts from the Governments CBSSG funding:

  • 17 March - 8 June 2020 - Amount claimed: £170,121
  • 9 June - 3 August 2020 - Amount claimed: £99,241
  • 4 August - 28 September 2020 - Amount claimed: £247,412.20

Details of CBSSG funding use for supported services

Roberts 27

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 12,156 miles / 19,563 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 8,362 miles / 13,457 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 8,183 miles / 13,169 km

Roberts 125

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 14,504 miles / 23,341 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 9,946 miles / 16,007 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 9,738 miles / 15,672 km

Roberts 7

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 12,509 miles / 20,131 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 8,578 miles / 13,805 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 8,399 miles / 13,517 km

Roberts 103 (Meynells P&R)

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 4,732 miles / 7,615 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 15,532 miles / 24,996 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 16,067 miles / 25,857 km

Roberts 203 (Enderby P&R)

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 8,404 miles / 13,524 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 29,353 miles / 47,239 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 29,593 miles / 47,625 km

Roberts 303 (Birstall P&R)

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 3,312 miles / 5,330 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: Did not operate during this period
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: Did not operate during this period

Paul Winson 129

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 13,448 miles / 21,642 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 9,336 miles / 15,025 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 9,142 miles / 14,713 km

Paul Winson 3

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 4,830 miles / 7,773 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 3,098 miles / 4,986 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 3,034 miles / 4,883 km

Paul Winson 13

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 2,049 miles / 3,297 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 1,318 miles / 2,121 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 1,291 miles / 2,078 km

Centrebus 58

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 10,029 miles / 16,140 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 7,089 miles / 11,409 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 8,127 miles / 13,079 km

Centrebus 100

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 14,966 miles / 24,085 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 10,565 miles / 17,003 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 10,118 miles / 16,284 km

Centrebus 23

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 21,989 miles / 35,388 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 15,537 miles / 25,004 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 15,208 miles / 24,475 km

Centrebus 25

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 6,734 miles / 10,838 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 4,758 miles / 7,658 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 4,658 miles / 7,496 km

Centrebus 22B (Saturday)

  • 17 March 2020 - 8 June 2020: 1,022 miles / 1,645 km
  • 9 June 2020 - 3 August 2020: 708 miles / 1,140 km
  • 4 August 2020 - 28 September 2020: 708 miles / 1,140 km

Supported Bus Services Funding

As part of its ‘Better Deal For Bus Users’ in February 2020, the government allocated local authorities to enable them to improve some current supported services and to restore some lost bus services where most needed. Leicestershire County Council has been allocated a single settlement of £556,627.

The government has subsequently allowed this funding allocation to be used to provide additional support to existing subsidised services during the Covid-19 period if required.

Since February 2020, it has become necessary to draw on this funding to provide additional support to existing subsidised services during the Covid-19 period, maintaining vital services for our communities. It is expected that all of this funding will be required during 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years to support subsidised services through the Covid-19 period and any future recovery.

Total amount of the Supported Bus Services Funding used on retaining and restoring services affected by the Covid-19 period is as follows:

  • 2020/21 financial year: £TBC
  • 2021/22 financial year: £TBC

Details of the actual expenditure of the Supported Bus Services Funding will be published on this page in line with government guidance at the end of each financial year.

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