Funding to help light rail and tram services in the north and Midlands continue to run vital services as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Light rail operators across England will benefit from up to £56 million in government funding to help ensure they continue to run vital services as coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are lifted, Transport Minister Baroness Vere has announced today (16 July 2021).
The funding will run from 20 July to April 2022, and will support the following operators across the north and the Midlands:
Tyne and Wear Metro
Nottingham Express Transit
West Midlands Metro
It comes as the government invests billions of pounds to build back better from the pandemic and improve transport links across the country.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere said:
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay said:
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
The funding package announced today will be the final tranche of COVID-19 related financial support to be given to the sector.
It comes after the government has already provided around £150 million to operators to ensure services have continued to run throughout the pandemic. The current emergency funding package will end on 19 July 2021.