In early April the government introduced the Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant (CBSSG), a package of financial support for local bus service operators across the UK.
Our Contracts and Performance team quickly set to work liaising with bus operators, managing the roll out of grants for eligible operators on behalf of Cheshire East Council during this period of uncertainty. Some local bus services continued to operate during lockdown, providing transport for key workers.
The grants helped eligible suppliers remain financially buoyant and able to provide services when required, covering reductions in on-bus revenue and then support for the re-establishment of a wider network of services post-lockdown.
As the pandemic continues, so does our role in ensuring that government and local authority support reaches eligible operators.