Bus Services Act 2017: bus franchising creation

Information about using bus franchising for improving local bus services.


Bus Services Act 2017: bus franchising guidance

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Information explaining how local authorities can establish franchising for bus services in line with the Bus Services Act 2017.

The information states the statutory and non-statutory along with the legal process of establishing bus franchising.

Bus franchising is one of 3 options available to local authorities when working in partnership with bus operators. Other alternatives are Enhanced Partnership or Advanced Quality Partnerships.

The agreement choices for authorities are stated in Bus Service Act 2017: new powers and opportunities.

Published 27 November 2017
Last updated 27 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. An additional paragraph (1.107) provides further guidance regarding reducing the area to which a franchising scheme relates, or revoking a franchising scheme.
  2. First published.