Last reviewed 13 February 2020

Bus services across the country are to be transformed with simpler fares, thousands of new buses, improved routes and higher frequencies, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.

He said that the Government would be providing £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London.

The details of these programmes will be announced in the forthcoming National Bus Strategy, to be published later this year as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

The announcement follows the allocation of £170 million last week to support more electric buses, increase rural mobility and trial new “Superbus” services (see Cash available for first all-electric bus town).

Dozens of new “Mini-Holland” schemes will be taken forward to transform town centres across the country to make them safer to get around, the Prime Minister said.

These pilots of low-traffic neighbourhoods, will see government working closely with local councils to reduce lorry traffic, making side streets safer to walk, cycle and play in while maintaining the vehicle access people need to get around.

“Our daily journeys for work or leisure are about so much more than just getting from A to B — they are the key to accessing skilled jobs and opportunities, boosting businesses and unlocking economic growth for towns, cities and regions across this country,” Mr Johnson said.

Under the new proposals, the Government is forecasting:

  • higher frequency services, including evenings and weekends, to make it easier and less restrictive for people to get around at any time of day

  • more “turn up and go” routes where, thanks to higher frequency, people will not have to rely on timetables to plan journeys

  • new priority schemes so that buses avoid congested routes and can speed passengers through traffic

  • more affordable, simpler fares

  • at least 4000 new zero emission buses to make greener travel the convenient option.