Notice of intent to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes
At its Cabinet meeting on 15 June 2021, Suffolk 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.
In March 2021, the Government launched the National Bus Strategy with the aim of rejuvenating local bus services. The Enhanced Partnership will be a legal agreement between Suffolk County Council and bus operators in Suffolk that will work to deliver the national strategy. It will develop local strategies develop schemes and bid for funding to deliver improvements across the county. There will be a consultation on the Enhanced Partnership ahead of finalising the agreement by the end March 2022.Timothy Stephenson
Head of Passenger Transport
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The National Bus Strategy
The aim of National Bus Strategy - Bus Back Better (GOV.UK) is to:
- rejuvenate local bus services and attractive for passengers
- make them cheaper, easier to understand and use, faster and more reliable, and greener.
It's acknowledged (in the strategy) the decades-long decline in bus patronage nationally.
The bus strategy is the most significant change for bus services outside London since the 1986 bus de-regulation. Through the delivery of a statutory partnership, the strategy places emphasis on partnership working to define bus networks, service levels and fare strategies.
Increasing the use of sustainable transport, and encouraging the shift to zero emission vehicles, is key to delivering carbon reduction from transport related emissions in Suffolk. This will include decreasing the need to use cars, as well as moving to low and zero emission fuels for public transport vehicles.
The Department for Transport has asked Local Transport Authorities, by 30 June 2021, to commit to the development and delivery of an Enhanced Partnership Scheme by 1 April 2022. More information will be available later this year.