The council’s response to the National Bus Strategy

The government published its National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better, on 15 March 2021. This includes requirements for local transport authorities and bus operators. 

This includes forming an Enhanced Partnership and producing a Bus Service Improvement Plan where the council and operators sign up to a number of commitments to improve bus services. 

What this will include will be determined over the coming months.

However, at meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) Committee on 22 June 2021, councillors agreed that the council should start the process of forming an Enhanced Partnership. Read the full ETS Committee report.

You can read the council’s notice of intent to form an Enhanced Partnership in the next section of this document.

The government has asked authorities to have Bus Service Improvement Plans in place by October 2021 and for Enhanced Partnerships to be in place by April 2022. 

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Notice of intent to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and schemes

At its meeting on 22 June 2021, Brighton & Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee gave approval to proceed with the development of an Enhanced Partnership.

The commencement of this is confirmed through this notice of the intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

It is envisaged that the plan will cover services within the Brighton & Hove City Council boundary.

The point of contact for the scheme is Owen McElroy, Public Transport Manager.

For more information, send an email to