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Combined Authority Board approves the Bus Strategy


Combined Authority Board approves the Bus Strategy

Members of the Combined Authority board have approved the Combined Authority’s Bus Strategy.

The Bus Strategy recently went out to public consultation to an overwhelmingly positive response, with over 80% of the more than 1,000 respondents supporting the vision, aims and principles set out within it. There was clear support for the ambition to double bus patronage by 2030, and a keenness to see the detail that underpins the strategy through projects such as the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

The purpose of the Bus Strategy is not to examine detailed, granular issues around specific routes and services; more to outline the key, strategic aims, objectives, and aspirations of the Combined Authority to enable us to bid for further funding and shape the network to meet the needs of the people of the region. The aim is to pave the way for a bus network that is convenient, attractive and easy to use.

The final version of the Bus Strategy was informed by the feedback received from members of the public and will enable the Combined Authority to clearly show how the programme of work links back to the strategy. It will also help to demonstrate to external funders that there is a joined-up strategy for buses and across all transport modes in the region.