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Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

The delivery of the Leicestershire Bus Service Improvement Plan (to the extent possible within funding constraints) will be driven by a formal ‘Enhanced Partnership’ (EP) between the council and Leicestershire bus operators.  We will put this in place before the end of March 2022. The partnership will be led by an ‘Enhanced Partnership Board’ formed of representatives of the council, bus operators and non-voting district councils within Leicestershire.

Forum

The Enhanced Partnership will also include opportunity through a broad ‘Enhanced Partnership Forum’ for a wide range of other stakeholders to provide input and suggestions on how the Bus Service Improvement Plan should best be implemented. These include:

  • a Leicestershire bus user group (to be formed)
  • community transport operators in Leicestershire
  • neighbouring local transport authorities
  • train operating companies serving stations in Leicestershire
  • East Midlands Airport
  • Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and
  • other organisations that have an interest in Leicestershire’s bus services. 

Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

To form the Enhanced Partnership, we have to make an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Enhanced Partnership Scheme (these are formal legal documents, draft version available to download below). The initial Enhanced Partnership Scheme will be a simple relatively low-cost first step, as funding to be made available by government to deliver the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) isn't yet known. This first scheme can in due course be extended in scope and ambition, and additional schemes can be introduced in line with the Bus Service Improvement Plan, once the Enhanced Partnership is in formal operation and funding availability becomes clear.

The initial Enhanced Partnership Scheme involves:

  • a county-wide requirement for bus operators to only introduce service changes on specific agreed dates (there will be exemptions to this requirement for some services that come into the county from other local authority areas).  This will help make the Leicestershire bus network simpler to understand.
  • us carrying out an audit of bus stops in the B4114 corridor (a section of Narborough Road South) to the south-west of Leicester, and providing improved facilities within that corridor.  Operators of bus services in this corridor will be required by 1 April 2024 to use only vehicles that meet, as a minimum, the Euro VI emissions standard.

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Draft Enhanced Partnership Scheme  Opens new window

Comments

If you have any comments on the initial Enhanced Partnership scheme to be delivered, or on the draft Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme documents, please email them to NBS@leics.gov.uk by 6 February 2022.

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