Enhanced Partnership and Bus Service Improvement Plan

Cornwall's Enhanced Partnership

In March 2021, the Government published Bus Back Better. This is the first National Bus Strategy. It is aimed at transforming public transport and driving the green recovery.  Bus Back Better requires local transport authorities and bus operators to work together to::

  • establish Enhanced Partnerships
  • develop Bus Service Improvement Plans

The plans set out what the Partnership will deliver to make buses easier, cheaper and more convenient to use.

Bus Back Better is seen as welcome guidance by Cornwall Council. The content and direction of strategy reflects the work undertaken by the Transportation Service in recent years. This is to deliver the One Public Transport System for Cornwall (OPTSfC) programme. A link to the document can be found below.

Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

Cornwall Council, in collaboration with bus operators, has developed an Enhanced Partnership Plan & Scheme.  

In order to formally ‘make’ the Plan & Scheme, the Council followed the statutory guidance and processes, consulting operators of qualifying local bus services and undertaking stakeholder consultation.  

One objection was received from Royal Buses during the operator objection period.  This objection alone was insufficient to prevent the Enhanced Partnership process from continuing and has in fact led to further positive engagement. 

For further information, please contact: transport@cornwall.gov.uk 

Bus Service Improvement Plan

The Government's Bus Back Better strategy contained an announcement of £3 billion of funding. This is to help improve bus services across England. The Strategy aims to make buses easier to use, more reliable and more affordable.

This Strategy requires local authorities to develop Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIP). These are a way of bidding for funding to improve local bus services.

Cornwall Council has worked with local bus operators to develop a BSIP. This presents a shared vision for the future of buses in Cornwall.

In April 2022, Cornwall Council was awarded indicative funding of up to £13.3m to deliver a package of schemes within its BSIP over the next three years.  The Council will work with the Department for Transport to agree the priorities for this spend during Spring/Summer 2022.

Cornwall Council's Bus Service Improvement Plans

Update - 13th April 2022

Bus Information 

Local bus operators have worked together to produce an integrated map and timetable booklets covering all operators’ services.  These are available on the Transport for Cornwall website and presents bus information together in one place. Local rail operator, GWR, is also part of the partnership and is working with us to integrate branding and customer information for bus and rail services.  GWR has added on-board announcements on their train services to advise passengers of bus connections at key stops. 

Bus Fares Pilot – Make Big Savings by Bus 

In January 2022 bus tickets became interoperable, meaning that passengers could begin to use any bus ticket on any bus* across the county.  

At the same time, bus operators changed young people’s fares and aligned the age range, so that everyone under 19 could access to lower prices.

The latest reduction in bus fares, Make Big Savings By Bus, was introduced on 10 April 2022 and offers reductions across most bus fares in Cornwall, including further reductions to under 19 fares.

The project is funded by UK Government and is being introduced by Cornwall Council and its transport operators, all working in partnership as Transport for Cornwall. 

More information on the new fares and discounts is available on the Transport for Cornwall website .  

Here is a link to a short video that explains how Public Transport is changing.

Any Ticket, Any Bus

*exclusions apply, park and ride services and privately contracted journeys

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