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Luton Council: Notice of intent to develop an Enhanced Partnership for Bus Services
2 June 2021

The National Bus Strategy for England, published on 15 March 2021, formalises the expectation that Local Transport Authorities and bus operators will work in partnership to deliver better bus services in their areas.

At its Joint Board and Policy Group meeting on 1 June 2021, Luton Council supported the Council's report 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 and Section 9 of the Transport Act 2017.

It is envisaged that the Enhanced Partnership will apply to the whole of the Luton Council's area. All operators of registered local bus services which operate within the Luton Council area will be invited to participate in the development and delivery of the Enhanced Bus Partnership.

For further information please contact the Council's Public Transport Team at [email protected]

Our Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) for Luton

The government published its Bus Back Better, National Bus Strategy for England in March 2021. Within this document there was a requirement for local authorities within England to prepare and publish Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs) by 31 October 2021.

The government are expecting BSIPs to cover bus priority infrastructure and other infrastructure, bus fares, bus service support, marketing and zero emission buses. A funding package of £3 billion for the bus sector was announced linked to the new National Bus Strategy.

However, it is not yet clear how much new funding, if any, Luton Council may receive following submission of our BSIP to the Department for Transport.

Thank you to everyone who took their time to share their views in our Bus Service Improvement Plan for Luton Survey which commenced between 5 August and 12 September 2021.

On 11 October 2021, Luton Council’s Executive Board Meeting considered a report outlining engagement feedback and the work carried out on the Bus Improvement Plan to date.

The executive authorised the preparation of the Luton - Bus Service Improvement Plan (based on the details of the report) for submission to the Department of Transport (DfT) by the 31 October 2021 as the basis of a bid for allocation of funding.

As part of this work there will be further opportunities for feedback. Updates will be available on this website.

Details of our BSIP report can be viewed in our submission below:

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What happens next?

Between end of October 21 and 30 March 2022, we will be formalising the Enhanced Partnership (EP) Board which will draft the EP Plan and Scheme based on the Luton – Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) submitted to the Department for Transport.

The draft plan and scheme will go through consultation and the Council’s governance process prior to final implementation as of 1 April 2021.

Please return back to our National Bus Strategy - Bus Back Better page for up to date information.

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Useful links

Bus Back Better – National Bus Strategy 

Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) Guidance

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