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Bus Service Improvement Plan for Cheshire West and Chester

Further to our Notice of Intent to develop an Enhanced Partnership, Cheshire West and Chester Council have been working in collaboration with local bus operators on our response to the National Bus Strategy, Bus Back Better.

We are required to develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) for the borough setting out our proposals for the future. We feel our BSIP is both robust and ambitious, enabling the Council through the Enhanced Partnership to deliver the changes needed to allow bus to be a fully integrated transport mode and mode of choice for the many, not the few.

In setting out our proposals we have worked closely with operators and have taken on board the comments you made in our recent engagement survey. This is the first step in our journey to develop the Enhanced Partnership, further updates will be provided when we hear from the Department of Transport in respect of our submission and the funding allocation granted.

Our Bus Service Improvement Plan will be updated annually to monitor performance, address need, remain relevant and cost effective to deliver.

The detail of our BSIP can be viewed within our Bus Service Improvement Plan for Cheshire West and Chester (PDF, 7MB).

For further information please email the Transport and Infrastructure Team:

Notice of Intent to develop an Enhanced Partnership for bus services in the borough

National Bus Strategy

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 area. Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council hereby gives notice of its intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership for bus services.

The commencement of this is confirmed through this Notice of Intent to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as required and as set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

It is envisaged that the Enhanced Partnership will apply to the whole of the Cheshire West and Chester administrative area and all operators of registered local bus services operating within Cheshire West and Chester will be invited to participate in the development and delivery of the Enhanced Bus Partnership Plan.

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