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. 

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.

In the time since, a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) was submitted to the Department for Transport in October 2021. Read the Bus Service Improvement Plan

Enhanced Partnership Plan

We've also produced an draft Enhanced Partnership Plan.

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Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme