West Berkshire Council

Enhanced Partnership (for local bus services)

Working to improve local bus services

In March 2021, the Government launched the National Bus Strategy (Bus Back Better), which sets out an ambitious vision to dramatically improve bus services in England. It aims to improve services through greater local leadership, reverse recent trends and encourage passengers back to bus services - assisting towards the Carbon Zero agenda and levelling up of the country.

Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and local bus operators are required to set up Enhanced Partnerships or franchises by April 2022, including the development and publication of a Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP) and establishing partnership schemes.

Through the Enhanced Partnership, we would look to establish a fully integrated service with simple, multi-modal tickets, more bus priority measures, high-quality information for all passengers in more places and enhanced frequencies with evening and weekend services.

The key milestones set out in the National Bus Strategy are:

  1. To commit to establishing an Enhanced Partnership (or franchising process) by the end of June 2021
  2. Publish our Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP) by the end of October 2021
  3. Establish our Enhanced Partnership by April 2022

Details of West Berkshire's arrangements will be published on this webpage.

Notice of Intent

You can view our pdf icon Statutory Notice of Intent to set up an Enhanced Partnership [186kb].