Cheshire West and Chester Council would like to invite you to respond to the National Bus Strategy Engagement now which is now live. Please get involved and have your say.
They would like to know what you think about your local bus services, how you think they could be improved and what would make you use buses more? It's important to hear views from both bus users and non-bus users.
The BSIP will detail how they propose to improve the bus services within the Borough. The BSIP will form part of the Enhanced Partnership agreement between the Council and the bus operators in the delivery of an improved bus network across the borough. The Enhanced Partnership will include a clear vison and plan for the improvements the Council and operators are aiming for together with the actions required to achieve a more attractive bus network for the future.
The closing date for responses is, Tuesday 31 August 2021
Bus Engagement Survey
Bus Back Better, the Government's National Bus Strategy for England was launched on 15 March 2021. This sets out a radical new pathway to transform the bus sector so that it is the mode of choice for short distances, advocating Enhanced Partnerships (EPs) between Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and Bus operators, bus priority schemes and better ticketing and marketing amongst other points covered in the strategy.
An Enhanced Partnership (EP) is an agreement between LTAs and local bus operators to work together to improve local bus services. It includes a clear vision of the improvements that the EP is aiming for and the accompanying actions to achieve them. As an LTA we have formal responsibility for making the scheme that sits within the Partnership.
Bus Service Improvement Plans must be developed in collaboration with local bus operators, community transport bodies, local businesses, services and people. They are live documents, with targets and progress against targets set, will need to be published at six monthly intervals. Plans will need to demonstrate how bus services are integrated with other types of transport in their area such as connectivity to train stations, making journeys simple and stress-free for customers. They must take account of cycling and walking schemes, complementing these modes.
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