Issue details

Covid 19 Bus Operator Payments

A package of financial support to the bus sector affected by Covid 19 has been introduced by Department for Transport. Included in this is a request that Local Transport Authorities continue to make payments for concessionary fares and tendered bus services at the level that was being paid before the emergency despite the downturn in patronage and the reduction in service levels (re DfT letter 26 March 2020).
This decision is to observe this request and make payments subject to conditions which:
• Safeguard a network of bus services during the emergency.
• Provide for open book analysis of the costs and revenues of the bus sector in West Yorkshire during the emergency.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure/Savings > £1 million;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 03/04/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to give the required 28 days' notice of this decision being taken as it was unforeseen. Urgent action was required to support a package of financial measures introduced by the Department for Transport to support the bus sector affected by COVID-19.

Decision due: 6 Apr 2020 by Director of Transport Services

Lead director: Director of Transport Services

Contact: Dave Pearson Email: Email: