This guidance and accompanying application form were published on 26 February 2013. They should be used by local transport authorities wishing to apply to be designated as a Better Bus Area (BBA).
In Better Bus Areas the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) – which is currently paid directly to bus operators – will be devolved to the local transport authority and topped up with a grant worth 20% of the BSOG for commercial services.
Applications must now be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 July. Please note that the original application deadline of 21 June 2013 has been extended by 2 weeks.
Clarification note, May 2013
Better Bus Area (BBA) proposals comprising more than a single distinct area (ie multiple corridors) can be accepted as an integrated bid in partnership with local authorities. Alternatively if the local authority chooses to define an area as a separate BBA an individual application must be completed.
If completed as an integrated bid the bidding authority or authorities should confirm that all bus operators affected support the proposal plus be aware that scheme level analysis may see an overall reduction in value for money should lower value areas be included.
Application bidders should ensure that the impact of each area is individually stated and the affect on the BBA overall (i.e. the sum of all impacts in all areas) is included.
BBAs applications, whether defined as a single geographical or multiple areas, should include all services within the defined range.