National bus strategy

8/3/2021 10:39:37 AM

The government’s national bus strategy for England, Bus Back Better, was published on 15 March 2021. It sets out how local transport authorities and bus operators will work in partnership to deliver better bus services in their areas.

The strategy requires all transport authorities to work with bus companies and to develop a bus service improvement plan by 31 October 2021.

This will lead to the establishment of an enhanced bus partnership by 1 April 2022. An enhanced partnership is a joint effort between the council and bus operators to improve bus services for passengers.

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes

30 June 2021

At its meeting on 29 June 2021, Buckinghamshire Council approved 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.

The Enhanced Partnership Scheme(s) will cover Buckinghamshire Council’s geographic area and will come into force from April 2022.

For further information please contact the Passenger Transport Team on

Before the publication of this statutory notice, we had informal discussions with all major bus operators in Buckinghamshire. These talks demonstrated high levels of support for a formal bus service improvement plan and enhanced partnership with us.

All bus operators have been formally invited to help build the bus service improvement plan and enhanced partnership.

What happens next?

We will speak with operators about their existing and future networks and how we can work together to improve bus services in Buckinghamshire.

Customer Survey

We are currently undertaking an online survey with both bus users and the wider community to determine which measures for improving bus services to prioritise. Please take the survey to ensure that your priorities are reflected in the Bus Service Improvement Plan when this is published in October 2021. The survey finishes on 3 September 2021. 


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