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National Bus Strategy for England

National Bus Strategy for England

Ambitions to improve bus services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are at the heart of a proposal approved by BCP Council. The council has agreed to create an ‘Enhanced Partnership’ with local bus operators to improve bus services across the region.

This will secure continued access to national emergency funding for the bus sector through the Government’s Covid-19 Bus Services Support Grant, which is worth £27.3m a week nationally. It will also ensure the council’s eligibility for any new sources of funding from the Government’s £3bn National Bus Strategy.

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An Enhanced Partnership would see the council and local bus operators working more closely together to improve services. Early engagement has already taken place with operators to ensure a productive partnership could be developed to deliver improvements for passengers.

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The National Bus Strategy aims to transform bus services across the country ensuring buses are more frequent, more reliable, easier to understand and use, better co-ordinated and cheaper. It requires local transport authorities to commit to establishing Enhanced Partnerships, or another option, by the end of June 2021. The partnerships must be delivered by April 2022. The Government also requires local transport authorities to publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan by the end of October this year, detailing how they propose to improve services.

Attracting more people to use local bus services is the joint aim of the bus operators and BCP Council. Buses support the council’s sustainable environment objectives, helping to tackle the climate and ecological emergency as well as reducing traffic congestion and improving accessibility for residents and visitors.

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes

On 22 June 2021 the Director of Transport and Engineering, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council used his delegated authority to approve proceeding with the development of an Enhanced Partnership. The commencement of this is confirmed through this notice of the intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.