National bus strategy
Lancashire County Council is working closely with bus operators to prepare for a major change in the way buses are funded and organised following the government's launch of The National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better in March 2021.
The strategy sets out an ambitious vision to improve bus services in England, outside London, through greater local leadership, to reverse the recent shift in journeys away from public transport and encourage passengers back to using the bus.
The focus is on councils and bus operators working more closely together, and alongside local communities, to create a network that people want.
The aim is to create services that are more frequent, reliable and affordable, while making them easier for passengers to understand and use.
Depending on people's priorities for improving services, this could result in simpler, cheaper fares, consistent high-quality information about services in more places, and more efficient and frequent services in the evenings and weekends.
In response to the new government strategy, on 24 June 2021 the county council made the decision to develop an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme (EP) – a detailed agreement between the county council and transport operators about how services will operate, and be improved in future.
Bus service improvement plan
Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council have worked in partnership, with local bus operators, to jointly develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan for their areas.
This document is the first step into delivering on the National Bus Strategy and will be key to delivering on bus priority and improvement measures that will, over time, make public transport the mode of choice in Lancashire. It provides the technical basis for the Enhanced Partnership that each authority intends to make with its bus operators by April 2022.
Our Bus Service Improvement Plan will be updated annually to enable us to remain flexible to changes and demands.
More detail of what we want to achieve can be seen in the Bus Service Improvement Plan (PDF 11.2 MB).
Thank you to those who took part in the recent survey regarding bus services in Lancashire. The results have helped us to shape our Bus Service Improvement Plan and will also be used as the plan is reviewed in the future.
Notice that Lancashire County Council has made an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme - Updated 21 April 2022
In March 2022 Lancashire County Council concluded a statutory consultation period to obtain feedback on the content of our Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme. No major modifications were required to be made to the Plan and Scheme at this time and the feedback received would be kept under review and considered as part of future updates.
At its Meeting on 7 April 2022 Lancashire County Council Cabinet approved the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme.
Enhanced Partnership - Updated 1 March 2022
In the matter of the Bus Services Act 2017
And the Transport Act 2000 S138F(1)(d)
Lancashire County Council Local Transport Authority
Notice that Lancashire County Council Local Transport Authority propose to make an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme.
Enhanced Partnership - Updated 17 January 2022
Notice that an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme have been prepared by Lancashire County Council, 14 January 2022
This is a notice to confirm that Lancashire County Council have prepared an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme for the administrative area of Lancashire, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.
The Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme work towards implementing the joint Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council Bus Service Improvement Plan, for those elements within the administrative area of Lancashire County Council, to deliver better bus services for local people, as set out in the Bus Service Improvement Plan, and is subject to future Bus Service Improvement Plan funding allocations.
All operators of qualifying local bus services have a right to object to the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme and have 28 days from the date of this notice within which to make an objection. This 28-day operator objection period commences on 19 January 2022 and ends on 16 February 2022.