The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that English local authorities can bid for a share of £70 million of funding to trial new superbus networks to deliver low fare, high frequency services in urban areas in the top 75% most deprived local transport authorities.
Eligible local transport authorities must demonstrate in their application that the proposal focuses on a town or city with a population of greater than 75,000.
There is a two-stage application process with Local Authorities initially submitting an Expression of Interest. The DfT will assess Expression of Interest in terms of the size of the pilot area, the challenges it faces and the delivery plan and timescale.
Up to three projects will be taken forward from this phase to phase 2. Local authorities shortlisted to move forward to Phase 2 will be granted some funding in 2020/21 to support the development of their final proposals. The DfT expect local authorities to give in their EOI an indication of the level of funding they would need to deliver this.
The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest is 5pm on the 30th April 2020.