The future of the 17a bus service has been secured thanks to the announcement of a £40,000 fund from central government last week.

The 17a, which runs through Darley Abbey and into Allestree, is the only remaining subsidised service run by Derby City Council and the £9000 subsidy had previously been identified as a saving in the 2020/21 budget due to be approved by full council next week (Wednesday 28th February).

The Funding for Supported Bus Services in 2020-21 paper means that Derby has been pledged up to £40,799 which they can bid to use.

Local authorities will be provided with their funding allocation if they meet the funding requirements and cabinet have made the decision to submit a formal application to use the money to secure the future of the 17A route going forward.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetpride said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that the government have proposed this funding so we are able secure the 17a route and surrounding councils will be able to fund many of their subsidised routes too.”