Bus Partnerships

Future Quality Partnership arrangement – Bus Services Act 2017

Following the publication of the National Bus Strategy on the 15th March 2021 the government requires all Local Transport Authorities and bus operators to sign up to the development of an Enhanced partnership by the 1st July 2021 to  access Government funding  for bus service and bus infrastructure improvements . Members approved the development and implementation of an Enhanced Partnership at Transport and Environment Committee on the 15th June 2021. This Enhanced partnership will cover the Nottinghamshire County Council’s administrative area and will supersede the current Quality Partnership agreements in place with operators outlined below.

As required under the Bus Services Act 2017 please find Nottinghamshire County Council’s Notice of Intent to implement an Enhanced Partnership by April 2022.

For more details please contact pete.mathieson@nottscc.gov.uk

Nottingham City Council have also published a Notice of Intent.

Current Quality Partnerships - 2000 Transport Act

Quality Partnership Schemes are agreements between the council and local bus operators to improve the quality of services and facilities within the scheme area.

They may be between one council and a bus company or more than one of either.

Typically the council will undertake to provide bus priority measures, new bus stops and/or real time information systems.

In return bus operators provide new vehicles with improved levels of accessibility and environmental performance and/or enhanced driver training. They may also provide an enhanced level of service.

There are two types of partnership:

  • Voluntary Quality Bus Partnership
  • Statutory Quality Bus Partnership.

They key difference is that Statutory Quality Bus Partnerships are backed up by a legally-enforceable agreement.

Statutory Quality Bus Partnership Schemes

There are currently two Statutory Quality Bus Partnership Schemes in Nottinghamshire.

Mansfield Statutory Quality Partnership

The scheme came into effect on 5 May 2013.

Find out more about the Mansfield Statutory Quality Partnership [PDF]

Beeston Statutory Quality Partnership

The Scheme came into effect on 1 July 2015.

Find out more about the Beeston Statutory Quality Partnership [PDF]

Voluntary Quality Bus Partnership Scheme

Worksop Voluntary Quality Bus Partnership Agreement

In October 2015 the council signed a Voluntary Quality Partnership Agreement with Stagecoach East Midlands. This covers bus services in Worksop.

Further Information

Nottingham City Council also operates a Quality Partnership scheme for the City Centre.


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