£5bn bus funding is welcome if it’s used properly

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Boris Johnson made a statement when he awarded to bus the bulk of a £5bn funding deal. Cycling will take a portion of that total, but when the detail is examined it is clear where most of the money will be spent.

So far, so good. 4,000 zero-emission buses, capped fares, ‘turn up and go’ networks and more sounds wonderful. And if administered properly, it undoubtedly will be.

But it must be hoped that away from the headline-grabbing announcement, steps will be taken to fund these improvements in the long term. Ongoing investment will be required to . . .

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