Headlines: August 21st, 1998

Local authorities have been called upon to come up with fresh thinking if they
are to qualify for funds set aside to improve rural transport.

Dr John Reid, Minister for Transport, said: “The Rural Bus Challenge is a new
competition that aims to encourage local authorities to think up innovative
schemes to improve public transport in rural areas.

“We have deliberately drawn up broad criteria for the challenge competition so
that local authorities will have freedom to devise imaginative schemes within
the overall objectives of the scheme.”

The closing date for bids is 9 October; decisions on successful bids will be
announced in early November. The ‘challenge’ money comes on top of more than thirty million pounds already granted to local authorities to support rural