18 May '16, 9am

Today's #QueensSpeech is likely to include a #BusesBill. Here's what else you can expect in terms of transport:

Franchising: Bus operators and local authorities often work well together but some areas want and need the extra power of a franchise-based approach Strengthened partnerships: The Bill should give transport authorities and bus users a stronger hand in partnership discussions Rural areas: Rural areas have been hit hard by cuts to bus services. The Bill should require local authorities to conduct thorough needs assessments for public transport to help ensure basic networks are maintained, communities are not cut off and long term planning is fostered Financing: Bus services have been badly hit by cuts to local authority budgets and additional powers in the Buses Bill must come with assurances over funding to deliver better services. With central government's main grant to bus operators (the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG)) ceasing to be ring-fenced in local authority budg...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/16-may-queens-spe...

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