Enhanced Partnership and Bus Service Improvement Plan

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Cornwall's Enhanced Partnership

In March 2021, the Government published Bus Back Better. This is the first National Bus Strategy aimed at transforming public transport and driving the green recovery post-Covid.  Bus Back Better requires local transport authorities and bus operators to work together to establish Enhanced Partnerships and develop Bus Service Improvement Plans.  The plans set out what the Partnership will deliver in order 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 to deliver the One Public Transport System for Cornwall (OPTSfC) programme in recent years. 

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes [Published 29 June 2021]

Cornwall Council, in collaboration with bus operators, intends 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.

At a meeting on 10 June 2021, to which local bus operators were invited, those operators present agreed to the establishment of an operator group to work alongside the Council on the development and delivery of an Enhanced Partnership.

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 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) as 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.

Cornwall Council's Bus Service Improvement Plans

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