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NHS staff offered free bus travel in Wales

Free travel will be offered to NHS staff Credit: PA

NHS staff will receive free travel on buses throughout Wales as part new funding from the Welsh Government.

The money comes as part of a hardship fund offered to bus companies that have seen passenger numbers falling by up to 90% since the lockdown was put in place.

Free travel is already available on Transport for Wales trains, which will also receive financial support.

The combined support is worth up to £69m.

Transport Minister Ken Skates said the support will allow public transport operators to continue providing services.

''Our rail franchise provider, bus companies and community transport operators - many of which are small businesses and charities - are facing significant financial challenges.'' he said.

''“This support will give public transport operators the initial funding they need to continue to deliver services, pay employees and sub-contractors, while we work with them to develop a comprehensive package of measures to secure an efficient, sustainable, and robust bus network.”

The Minister also confirmed free weekend travel on the Traws Cymru network has been suspending while Wales is in lockdown.

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