Statement from the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority on BSIP funding
“On Monday 4th April the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority received a letter from the Department for Transport (DfT) making it formally aware of the decision to not provide it with funding for the Bus Strategy Improvement Plan at this time. Although this is disappointing news, the Combined Authority is committed to working with partners in the region to continue expanding and improving bus services for the people across the region. We are very proud of the ambitious public transport projects that the Combined Authority has successfully affected over the last year, including an extended demand responsive transport trial, TING and being awarded the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme funding for 2021-22 for the roll out of 30 net-zero electric buses for Cambridge.
To ensure that we can keep pioneering enhanced services, officers of the Combined Authority will continue to engage with DfT as opportunities for funding become available later in the year, as assured. Within the letter, DfT guarantees further capacity support in the form of funding for a dedicated Bus Improvement Officer for the next three years which is very much welcomed to strengthen our ability to deliver bus projects. We look forward to working with DfT to deliver a greater, connected and more effective bus service for all.”