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Grayling puts hurdle in way of mayors’ bus franchising power

Andrew Forster
03 March 2017
Mayors will have to prepare a “compelling case” for franchising
Grayling: mayors could face judicial review
Grayling: mayors could face judicial review

 

Ministers were this week accused of putting a hurdle in the way of mayoral combined authorities (MCAs) introducing bus franchising.

The Bus Services Bill will give MCAs the power to introduce bus franchising without requiring the DfT’s consent. But the draft statutory guidance on the Bill released last month says that authorities must demonstrate there is a “compelling case” for moving away from the current deregulated environment to a franchising model. 

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