Bus Partnerships

Future Quality Partnership arrangement – Bus Services Act 2017

Following the publication of the National Bus Strategy on 15 March 2021 the government required all Local Transport Authorities and bus operators to sign up to the development of an Enhanced Partnership by 1 July 2021 to access Government funding for bus service and bus infrastructure improvements.

Members approved the development and implementation of two Enhanced Partnerships at Transport and Environment Committee on 15 June 2021.

  • The Greater Nottingham Enhanced Partnership covers Nottingham City Council’s administrative area and Nottinghamshire County Council’s administrative area that extends as far as the Robinhood Network boundary.
  • The Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnership covers Nottinghamshire County Council’s administrative area excluding the Robinhood Network area.

The Enhanced Partnerships supersede the current Quality Partnership agreements in place with operators which are outlined below.

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

Enhanced Partnership

The Enhanced Partnership is formed of two elements:

  • the enhanced partnership plan - sets out a summarised version of the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), providing the context for the proposed local bus service improvements
  • the enhanced partnership scheme - sets out in more detail how the plan objectives will be achieved through an agreed set of actions

Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnership

As required under the legislation, the Council is required to consult Stakeholders on the proposal to make the Plan and Scheme that will deliver the Bus Service Improvement Plan so that stakeholders views on the Plan and Scheme can be considered before it is finalised.

The Plan and Scheme is the legal framework to deliver the BSIP. This will allow the Council and Operators to work together to deliver an improved bus network and bus infrastructure to meet Nottinghamshire residents’ priorities and meet the following BSIP objectives:

  1. Customer-informed approach to bus service provision to provide a comprehensive, simple network that is easy to understand and use.
  1. Provide robust measures and infrastructure to support bus efficiency, reliability and improve journey times by bus, making the bus an attractive proposition compared to the car.
  1. Provide a network which is affordable and offers good value for money.
  1. Develop a network which is integrated and offers more opportunities to travel for more residents of Nottinghamshire to access work, education, health, and leisure destinations.
  1. Provide a network and associated infrastructure which is attractive, comfortable, safe, and accessible to all.
  1. Work with partners to provide a coordinated approach to bus service delivery.
  1. Grow patronage and improve passenger satisfaction.
  1. Contribute to the council and government’s ambitions for decarbonisation and improving local air quality.
  1. Contribute towards the governments ‘Levelling up‘ agenda.

The Initial Enhanced Partnership Scheme involves:

  • Implementing a Euro IV standard for buses across Nottingham by 1 April 2025
  • Memorialising current bus infrastructure
  • Retaining the operator standards and passenger facilities from the Mansfield AQPS and extending them over Nottinghamshire
  • A new passenger charter.

 If “made” the Plan and Scheme will run for a minimum of five years from 1 June 2022.

The Enhanced Partnership Scheme sets out the obligations of both the Council and Operators of services, which are not Exempted Service as described in the Scheme document.   

Operators of Local Bus Services in Nottinghamshire have already been consulted, and whilst one objection was tabled by Nottingham Minibuses & Coaches LTD this did not meet the requirements of the regulations and has therefore not been considered.

A copy of the draft Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme is available to view below:

View the Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnership Plan [PDF]

View the Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme [PDF]

A consultation with statutory stakeholders on the Plan and Scheme was launched on 1 March 2022. The consultation closes on 21 March 2022.

You are invited to make comments on the plan and scheme and should note the scheme has been developed without the BSIP funding being known and can be varied or additional scheme(s) developed once the EP is made.

View the consultation

Alternatively, you can e-mail nottinghamshireEP@nottscc.gov.uk by 21 March 2022.

Following completion of the consultation, the County Council will look to present the Plan and Scheme to Transport and Environment Committee in May 2022 with a view to making the scheme on 1 June 2022.

Greater Nottingham Enhanced Partnership

To view and comment on the Greater Nottingham Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme, please use the link below.

Enhanced Partnership Scheme for Bus Services - Transport Nottingham

Previous Quality Partnerships 1 March 2013 – 1 June 2022

Quality Partnership Schemes are agreements between the council and local bus operators to improve the quality of services and facilities within the scheme area. These will be superseded by the Enhanced Partnerships.

Statutory Quality Bus Partnership Schemes

Previously there were 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 covered bus services in Worksop but will be superseded by the Nottinghamshire Enhanced Partnerships.

Further Information

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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