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DfT sets out the rules for bus Act powers

The Bus Services Act 2017 has prompted much talk about enhanced partnerships and franchising, but what are the steps involved in delivering schemes? New guidance from the DfT explains the processes

08 December 2017
Enhanced partnerships can specify the frequency and timing of services,
and the price of multi-operator tickets
Enhanced partnerships can specify the frequency and timing of services, and the price of multi-operator tickets

 

Enhanced partnerships

Enhanced partnerships (EPs) are a new more powerful form of partnership working between councils and bus operators. 

Before beginning the process of preparing one, local authorities must hold informal talks about the idea with operators. 

An EP is a “negotiation between the authority and operators” in which “neither side has overall control.” Although the authority ‘makes the EP’ they cannot do so without the consent of a...

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