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Boris Johnson’s £5bn pledge for bus and cycle boost

Bus station visit: Sajid Javid PICTURE: PA

BORIS JOHNSON has pledged to spend £5billion over the next five years on improving bus and cycling services across England and Wales.

As chancellor Sajid Javid visited Birmingham Central bus garage yesterday, the PM said the country was being ‘held back by our inadequate infrastructure’ and promised to create a ‘transport revolution’.

On buses, he said the extra money will be used to provide more frequent services and more affordable fares, plus new priority routes and 4,000 ‘zero-carbon’ vehicles.

Other planned improvements include more evening and weekend services and simpler ticketing systems.

There will also be 250 miles of new cycle routes created.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Mr Johnson was fond of announcing ‘big shiny projects’ but the investment didn’t compensate for the ‘deep cuts since 2010 in bus services’.

In that period more than 3,300 routes have been cut or withdrawn and 134million miles of bus routes lost.

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