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Bus Services Act Update 5 September 2017

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This update is to give you the latest information regarding implementation of the Bus Services Act and the associated regulations and guidance.

We have now published our response to the consultation which ended on Tuesday 21 March 2017, setting out our analysis of the consultation responses, and the changes we will now be making to the regulations and guidance following the consultation.

Any comments or questions in relation to this update should be sent to:busbillconsultation@dft.gsi.gov.uk

Bus Services Act Implementation Team
Department for Transport

Below are the links to the update from DfT and to the consultation response:

Bus Services Act Update


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Notes of Executive meeting 23 June 2017 – draft

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Notes of Executive Meeting
Friday 23 June 2017
Confederation of Passenger Transport

1. Apologies for absence – see appendix

2. Notes of the Executive meeting 24 February 2017 and matters arising- Agreed. A discussion took place regarding the website. Concern was raised that it was not up to date and the Chair, Administrator and Policy Advisor were asked to resolve the issues.

3. Notes of the Plenary meeting 24 March 2017 and matters arising – Agreed

4. Financial report
Approximately half the membership was outstanding for the current year. The Administrator will send out reminders shortly. Expenditure to date 2017/18 was noted.
The current balance is £15,574.72

5. Consultations
a. Freight Network study consultation – the response from the Chair of the Freight Network Study Board was noted.
b. South Eastern rail franchise consultation – was agreed for submission

6. Reports for the information of members
a. Rail Franchise Update Jun 2017 – Members were advised of the short listed bidders for West Coast Partnership. The East Midlands consultation was still not released and suggestions were made that the franchise may be redesigned.
b. HS2 Update Jun 2017 – noted. The Queen’s Speech included the extension from Birmingham to Crewe
c. Great Western electrification representation – noted
d. Government response to Welsh Affairs Committee – noted
e. Transport Focus – Bus Passenger Survey Autumn 2016 – noted
f. Impact of congestion on bus reliability – Transport Focus – Legislation needs to be updated to assist with bus reliability
g. Greener Journeys – improving air quality in towns and cities – noted
h. ATCO price expenditure competition and performance survey – there was a discussion on rural transport issues and its funding and the role of Community Transport
i. Transport Committee on Rail franchising – Government response – noted
j. Transport Knowledge Hub – May Newsletter – the knowledge hub will be seeking best practice examples
k. Ensuring a sustainable railway – Campaign for Better Transport – noted

7. Bus Services Act 2017 Workshop – noted. The Administrator was asked to remind members of this event.

8. LGA update – noted. There was a discussion of the Traffic Management Act 2004 part 6

9. Consortium Annual Report to LGA – Members asked that this was put onto the website and circulated to non-members. Members commented on the broad range of issues covered during the year

10. Study Tour & Regional meeting – noted
Programme – the draft programme was approved by the Executive who also agreed that invitations to attend be extended to other groups such ATCO and WCR 250

11. Any other business
a. Transport Knowledge Hub Board meeting 8 June – the Policy Advisor gave an update on the first meeting
b. Abellio plans to remove staff at stations – the lack of response from Abellio was noted with concern and it was suggested that the Rail Delivery Group be invited to a plenary meeting to discuss a number of issues such as security on trains. The Administrator is to invite the Rail Delivery Group to the AGM.

12. Future Programme – noted
a. Regional meetings & Study Tour 7/8 September – West of England
b. AGM & Plenary meeting 10 November 2017
c. Executive meeting 8 December 2017 (location to be confirmed)

13. Dates & location of meetings 2018 – the Administrator was asked to draw up a programme of dates, and seek availability from both LG House and CPT


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Bus Services Act 2017 – What next? workshop

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Bus Services Act 2017 Workshop

Members and Officers of the Public Transport Consortium of the Local Government Association and members of the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers are invited to a workshop on Friday 14 July 2017 to discuss implementation of the Bus Services Act 2017.

The Confederation of Passenger Transport have offered to host the event at their offices at 53 – 64 Chancery Lane, London from 1100 until 1500 hours: refreshments will be available from 1030 and lunch is included.

The emphasis will be on discussion and questions rather than formal presentations, although the day will start with an outline of the major features of the Act and the view of the bus industry on implementation.
A booking form is available for your use; thereis a small charge for the workshop to cover the costs.
PTC booking form – bus services act workshop


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Newsletter April 2015

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  1. The Department for Transport has announced a £60 million fund to transform rail stations: rail operators and councils have until the end of May to submit bids.
  2. The Government has announced a major upgrade to the 86 mile rail line connecting Peterborough with Lincoln and Doncaster, allowing two freight trains per hour to be diverted from the East Coast mainline.
  3. more than 300 local authorities and community groups across England will receive new minibuses from a Department for Transport £25 million fund – announced 26 March 2015. A list of successful applications is available
  4. Total Transport Pilot Fund – winning bids announced 27 March 2015 – £7.6 million available
  5. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has announced a £30 million Low Emission Bus Scheme to operate between April 2016 and March 2019 – open to all operators and local authorities in England and Wales. Guidance is available at

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Info update 28 Jan 2015

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The Transport Select Committee issued a report ‘Investing in the Railway’ on 23 January 2015

The Department for Transport has appointed KPMG Consultancy to review the operating model of bus services in England outside London, with a report to go to ministers at the end of June
(Local Transport Today 664 23 January)
The European Court of Justice has supported Transport for London’s policy of allowing taxis but not private hire vehicles to use bus lanes
(Local Transport Today 664 23 January)
The DfT has issued guidance to local authorities on payment of grants to Community Transport operators to ensure compliance with European State Aid rules

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Campaign for Better Transport has produced a ‘Buses in Crisis’ report

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The Campaign for Better Transport has produced a ‘Buses in Crisis’ report:

Bids are invited by the DfT from local authorities for funding to implement Total Transport – a cross sector approach to the delivery of supported passenger transport.
Community Transport operator funding EU state aid rules:


Traveline GB app was released on the iTunes store yesterday morning:
The app is free to download and provides:

  • GB door to door journey planning across all modes and all operators
  • Live departures for bus
  • Interactive mapping allowing route tracking in journey
  • Audio and visual announcement of the next stop on the journey
  • Audio announcement of the next departures due from a selected stop
  • Twitter integration; tweets about travel in and around the customer’s  known location

The free version of the app is supported by advertising. Ad-free version available for £2.49. The Android app will follow in March and Windows in May.

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PTC Plenary Meeting 31 Jan 2014

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At last Friday’s business meeting, members discussed topics ranging from the decision by the Cabinet of Liverpool City Council to suspend the use of bus lanes in Liverpool for nine months, to the difficulties faced by young people in accessing bus services.

The panel session which followed examined the following topics:
Passenger Focus research into the views of passengers on bus punctuality, and their experiences of delays and disruptions, and
Transport Poverty, which focuses on the difficulty in accessing services for people and their lack of choice when they live more than a mile from services and are reliant on public transport.

Presentations were given by Mike Bartram of Passenger Focus and Allan Williams of Sustrans (Transport Poverty) on their research into these topics.

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Don’t forget the Public Transport Consortium Summer Conference, which is being hosted by Devon County Council in Sidmouth on 5th & 6th July.

The conference will focus on current issues affecting public transport provision in the context of the comprehensive spending review and ensuing budget pressures. The programme will include:

• An assessment of the national scene and future direction by the DfT
• How Devon is tackling the issues, including community rail, community transport and wheels to work and the lessons that can be learned.
• Growing patronage from the operator perspective
• Partnership/Collaboration
• Innovation and Opportunities

The full programme starts at 12.30pm on Thursday 5 July with lunch and concludes with lunch at 1.00pm on Friday 6 July.

Downloadable information is here:

Draft Agenda LGA PT Consortium July 20122

LGA PT Consortia 2012 – information

Registration Form for LGA PT Consortium 2012_pub_0001

Further information and booking details are available from

Rachel Phillips at Devon on 01392 383509 or email:

The summer conference provides an excellent opportunity for members and officers to discuss issues of common interest relating to public transport. It also provides a forum for public transport officers to learn more about current challenges in their everyday work and to take back ideas for future improvements.

Please consider your authority’s representation at this event.


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Where now for local bus services?

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Come along to our meeting next Friday at LGA House to discuss the question “Where now for local bus services?” with a panel representing central and local government and major bus operators.

    • Cllr Shona Johnstone, Cambridgeshire County Council and LGA Economy & Transport Board
    • Tracy Jessop, Norfolk County Council and Chair of the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers
    • Anthony Ferguson, Head of Buses Division, Department for Transport
    • Ian Morgan, Trent Barton Buses & Chair of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
    • Mark Yexley, Arriva Buses & President Elect of the Confederation of Passenger Transport
    • Ben Colson, Managing Director Norfolk Green, Bus Operator of the year 2010

Following the investigation into the market for local bus services by the Competition Commission and the Transport Select Committee Inquiry into Bus Services after the Spending Review, we  hope that this debate will lead to some innovative thinking on the best ways in which bus operators and local authorities can work together within current legislation to deliver high quality bus services and ensure maximum impact from public funding and support.

The debate will be facilitated by Transport Consultant, Garth Goddard. If you want to have an opportunity to contribute to the debate, please send your questions in advance to the Secretary, Stuart Wrigley



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