Buses Bill update

Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users, has expressed concern over progress of the Buses Bill, following the latest report from the Transport Committee. The report was critical of the Government’s lack of detail, stating that: “scrutiny of the Bill has been hampered by the Government’s failure to publish key secondary legislation and guidance”. The report calls on the Government to produce more detailed guidance on the Secretary of State’s franchising consent powers and the open data provisions “without delay”.

According to Claire: “The Buses Bill is certainly putting buses on a national agenda, and it has the potential to bring real improvements for passengers, giving new powers to local authorities and laying out practical measures such as improved passenger information. But without statutory guidance, and with no new funding for already squeezed local authorities, it’s hard to know how the Bill will be implemented.”

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