Issue details

Delivery of Bus Services Enhanced Partnership Schemes - Contract Awards (Rolling Entry)

In April 2022 the Government confirmed that the County Council would be awarded c. £17.4m to deliver some of the ambitions in its Bus Services Improvement Plan.


The ambitions will be delivered through a new Enhanced Partnership with the local bus companies.  The work will also require collaboration with other partners including borough and district councils.

The funding is available until 31 March 2025 by when the ambitions must be delivered.


In January 2023, the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport approved the capital and revenue budgets for the delivery of ambitions in the Enhanced Partnership Spending Plan and delegated authority to the Assistant Director (Highways, Transport and Planning) to undertake the procurement process and award contracts for the capital projects and for revenue expenditure.


The procurement processes are underway and, upon their conclusion, the Assistant Director (Highways, Transport and Planning) will be asked to award the contracts for the various schemes.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and affects more than 1 division;

Decision status: For Determination

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 21/03/2023

Decision due: July 2024 by Assistant Director (Highways, Transport and Planning) (Matt Davey)

Lead member: Matt Davey, Assistant Director (Highways, Transport and Planning)

Contact: Andy Ekinsmyth Email: Tel: 033 022 26687.

Consultation process


Communities, Highways and Environment Scrutiny Committee on 10 June 2022, and a Scrutiny Task and Finish Group met on several occasions to consider the proposals

Borough and district councils

Local bus operators

Residents via online ‘Westsussbus’ portal

User representatives

Traffic Commissioners


Transport Focus

Competition and Markets Authority


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background papers

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