Opening of second financial support scheme for bus and coach operators | Newry Times

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has opened a further financial assistance scheme for bus and coach operators.


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This second scheme will cover the period from 1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021. 



This scheme will provide financial assistance to bus and coach operators for ongoing overhead costs and expenses which they have incurred.

Announcing the opening of the scheme today until 9 April,  Minister Mallon said, “The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a time of anxiety and uncertainty for many businesses, including the bus and coach sector.  

“I am pleased that my Department has been able to provide support to help them through this difficult time and that today we are announcing the opening of a second scheme to provide further support to those in need.


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“The eligibility criteria and the basis of this scheme remain broadly the same as the original scheme but with some adjustments based on the feedback from those in the sector and lessons learnt from the first scheme.  

“In particular, the £100,000 cap on maximum payments per operator has been removed and communication and advice have also been improved for those applying to the scheme.



“It remains my priority that support is provided to loss-making businesses so that it is targeted at those who are most in need and provides value for money for the public purse.”

Full details about the scheme and how to apply is available here.

Queries relating to applications should be directed to



Once you have submitted your application queries relating to application progress can be directed to 02890 540111 or


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