Wiltshire Council wanted to update you on the Government’s national bus strategy and the work they’re doing to improve local bus services in Wiltshire.To recap, earlier this year the government published its Bus Back Better vision, the strategy will deliver better bus services for passengers across England, through ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered. It will make buses:
easier to understand and use
£3bn has been set aside in this parliament to be spent on increasing bus usage nationally through the national bus strategy. In addition, in March 2020, Government granted Wiltshire £671,000 as revenue support to help to improve the provision of local services. Wiltshire Council are holding an informal consultation with the public and businesses to help shape their work as they look to produce a Bus Service Improvement Plan.Alongside all the existing information we have on services and usage, this non-statutory survey,that will run until 23 August 2021, will give us an even better understanding of how bus services are used and how usage has been affected by the pandemic. The survey shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to complete and we are keen to hear from non-bus users, as well as those who currently use them, as this will provide a much more wide-ranging picture of the current situation and people’s circumstances. The survey can be found at https://surveys.wiltshire.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp…, hard copies available from Wiltshire Council.