Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
In Bus Back Better – National Bus Strategy for England the Government required Local Transport Authorities to commit to establishing Enhanced Partnerships across their entire areas under the Bus Services Act 2017 to deliver ‘Bus Service Improvement Plans’ (BSIP) from April 2022.
In June 2021, the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport committed to establishing an Enhanced Partnership across West Sussex and invited all local bus operators to confirm their intention to participate.
The County Council has consulted local bus operators and, by the end of October 2021, the Government expects all Local Transport Authorities to publish a local BSIP, detailing proposals to improve bus services. The BSIP will be reflected in the West Sussex Transport Plan.
The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport has approved:
1. The West Sussex Bus Service Improvement Plan (which will replace the West Sussex Bus Strategy 2018-2026) as set out in Appendix 1, including a bid to the DfT for additional funding of £138.29m over a four-year period, as set out in section 5 of the report; and
2. That a public consultation exercise will be undertaken about the Bus Service Improvement Plan.
Publication date: 29/10/2021
Date of decision: 29/10/2021
Effective from: 10/11/2021