The Department for Transport has announced a further £254mln to support increased services while maintaining social distancing.
Go-Ahead Group PLC (LON:GOG) and FirstGroup PLC (LON:FGP) were also on the rise, but analysts at Liberum said “the devil is in the detail (or lack thereof)” as it is not clear how the funding will be delivered and over what time period.
The broker also noted that Friday’s update by Go-Ahead “highlights the potential for mismatch between broad policy objectives and the actual outturn of their implementation”.
The FTSE 250-listed company had said financial support was “crucial” to cover the costs of essential services.
“In recent weeks we have been operating between 40% and 50% of normal scheduled mileage, carrying around 10% of usual passenger numbers, creating a misalignment between revenue and our cost base,” Go-Ahead said.
In its regional bus business, 65% of costs come from staff, half of which have been furloughed, while 30% of revenue is derived from contracts and concessionary income.
“In the vast majority of cases, local authorities across the country have continued paying for these services at pre-crisis levels,” the firm pointed out.