Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To give approval to enter into Enhanced
Partnerships with local bus service operators in line with the
National Bus Strategy for England.
RECOMMENDED to the Executive Member for Planning and Transport that:
1. the proposed Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme is adopted.
2. authority is delegated to the Executive Director for Place, Planning and
Regeneration, in consultation with the Executive Member for Planning and
Transport, to amend and implement the Enhanced Partnership Scheme to
accord with future Government funding allocations.
1. The National Bus Strategy was published in March 2021 and sets out a number of requirements to improve bus services and aid operator recovery from the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic. A key obligation for Local Traffic Authorities is to enter into an Enhanced Partnership (EP) Plan with local bus operators, including an accompany EP Scheme which identifies the supportive actions which future Government funding allocations could deliver.
2. Establishing an EP Plan and Scheme with local bus operators will facilitate improved transport services in line with the Council’s adopted Local Transport Plan 3 (LTP3).
Whilst it is not mandatory for Authorities to enter into an EP with local bus operators,
the Government has stated that receipt of future grant funding for maintaining or
improving bus services is dependent on EP’s being in place. As such, alternative
options have not been considered.
Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Financial Impact: Actions resulting from the Enhanced Partnership will, in-part, be subject to future Government grants allocated for this purpose.
Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No
Making Representations: To the Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration
Other reasons / organisations consulted
Development of the Enhanced Partnership has
been subject to informal and statutory consultation as defined by
Contact: Neil Mathews, Head of Highways & Transport Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01344 351163.
Report author: Neil Mathews
Publication date: 15/03/2022
Date of decision: 15/03/2022
Decided at meeting: 15/03/2022 - Executive
Effective from: 23/03/2022