Public transport

Local and school bus service framework

Lancashire County Council has a framework agreement for the provision of local and school bus services in Lancashire. These mainstream transport services are arranged and fully funded by the county council.

Under the terms of this framework agreement, an approved list of operators is compiled, from which mini-competitions will be held for the provision of specific PSV/PCV transport services. Individual service specifications will be provided for each service to be contracted as part of the mini-competitions.

All transport services contracted via the mini-competitions must be operated in accordance with the conditions set out in this service agreement - latest draft service agreement (January 2016) (PDF 730 KB)

The framework agreement commenced on 1 January 2016 and will operate until 31 December 2019. The framework will be closed to new service providers until 31 December 2019, save as where at the absolute discretion of LCC the framework may be reopened as part of subsequent competitive procurement.

All county council transport services are procured through the Oracle iSupplier portal.

For advice or assistance contact:

  • Oracle iSupplier helpline - 0300 123 6701 (9am-5pm).

Service provider guides

Lancashire County Council has developed a set of guides to assist our service providers to ensure a common standard of service delivery is provided.

Driver's handbook (PDF 359 KB)
This handbook containing guidelines and instructions is intended to help drivers when they are driving any passenger transport services on behalf of Lancashire county council.

Sample conditions of carriage (PDF 50 KB)
This is a sample conditions of carriage which service providers can use and sets out the customer's rights and obligations whilst travelling on services operated by the service provider.

Guidelines for good recruitment practice (August 2014) (PDF 152 KB)
Central government's Department for Education and Skills (DFES) published a document, Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education, in January 2007 which stated "making safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children an integral factor in HR (and recruitment) management is an essential part of creating safe environments for children and young people".

Service providers should also note changes to safeguarding procedures brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act introduced in September 2012.

This DFES document states that local authorities who outsource transport provision of services for children must ensure that these service providers adopt and implement measures in the DFES guidance and monitor the service provider's compliance. 

Lancashire County Council has produced the following sample documentation for our service providers of school bus and taxi services, to help implement good recruitment practices:

Local and school bus service tenders

Tender results