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£200k boost to improve York bus services
7:40am Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
THE Government is to put £200,000 into a £1.4 million project to improve bus services in York.
The city has been named as one of only four areas of the UK to secure a share of Better Bus Area funding, designed to improve the reliability of services and increase passenger numbers.
It will go towards schemes including improvements to traffic lights and small changes to kerbs to help buses through junctions.
As well as the Department for Transport’s contribution, bus operators will provide £1 million up to 2018, with City of York Council providing £200,000.
York’s Better Bus Area includes Holgate, parts of Acomb and Dringhouses, Bootham, Tang Hall and South Bank. The later stages of the programme will see short lengths of new bus lanes installed where they are deemed necessary.
Coun Dave Merrett said: “The council’s aim is to increase the number of bus passengers in York by 18 per cent by 2014 and these new measures will help towards achieving this.”
First York managing director Ben Gilligan said York’s designation as a Better Bus Area tied in with the company’s work on “making York’s network even better and even more attractive for passengers”.
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