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National Bus Strategy – Devon’s Response

National Bus Strategy – Devon’s Response

In March 2021, the government announced a new National Bus Strategy Bus back better – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Alongside the delivery of this strategy, there is an expectation that local transport authorities work towards forming “Enhanced Partnerships”  with their local bus operators by April 2022. This will also include the development of a Bus Service Improvement Plan.

UPDATE 12th April 2022

We have now received details of Devon County Council’s funding allocation with regards to our Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP).  Although this funding falls considerably short of what we initially requested, we are currently finalising a plan of what we intend to use this money for.  Once this has been prepared we will then move to a full public consultation in May.

Please find herewith details of our draft Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme .

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes June 2021

On 21st June 2021. Devon County Council 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.

Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP) – published 29th October, 2021

As part of the process in moving towards the Enhanced Partnership, Devon County Council have now  published their Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP). This can be viewed online, along with accompanying appendices:

Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP)

Appendix A – Data Tables for Figures

Appendix B – Letters of Support from Local Bus Operators

What does this mean?

An Enhanced Partnership is an agreement between a local authority and local bus operators to work together to improve local bus services. It includes a clear vision of the improvements that the partnership is aiming for and accompanying actions to achieve them. The local authority has formal responsibility to form the partnership. They can only proceed with proposals if they have the support and input of local bus operators.

Next Steps

Key stakeholders and member of the public will be invited (through a formal consultation process) to comment on the proposed plan over the next few months – details of this will be shared in due course.  Should you have any questions regarding this please contact: devonbus@devon.gov.uk


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