Policy paper

Plans to reform and improve bus services

Government plans to improve bus services by reforming the Bus Service Operators Grant, encouraging more passengers to use buses and cutting transport emissions.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


A green light for better buses

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‘A green light for better buses’ sets out a series of reforms to improve local bus subsidy and regulation in England.

The proposals have been carefully formulated to:

  • attract more people onto buses
  • ensure better value for the taxpayer
  • give local transport authorities more influence over their local bus networks
Published 1 November 2012