After the big five allocations to combined authorities, the next positions on the BSIP league table mainly go to shire counties, where rural and inter-urban routes are much more numerous. DAVID JENKINS examines more successful BSIP bids
Top of the rural pile is Norfolk, one of the largest beneficiaries of Rural Bus Grant when that was introduced in the late 1990s. More recently it has won Transforming Cities Funds for use in Norwich, which is also the location of a successful ZEBRA bid, with First planning 15 new single-deckers for use on city routes. It has also won money from the Rural Mobility Fund for a demand responsive trial in the Swaffham area, which began earlier this spring.