An Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Scheme have been prepared. Due to COVID-19 circumstances further development is currently on hold
2nd April 2020
The Strategic Vision for Bus clearly sets out the objective to achieve modal shift by providing exceptional service and reliability, along with improved comfort and accessibility for passengers. The introduction of the first Sprint corridors provides a major opportunity for investment by the public and private sectors to achieve a step change in public transport that will set the foundations for benefits and improvements to bus services across the integrated transport system throughout the West Midlands.
At its meeting on 28th June 2019, the West Midlands Combined Authority Board gave approval for Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to proceed with the preparation of an Enhanced Partnership. On the 17th July 2019, TfWM issued a notice of the intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes. On the 20th December 2019, TfWM issued a notice that an Enhanced Partnership (EP) Scheme have been prepared, as set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000 and Section 9 of the Bus Services Act 2017. TfWM did not receive any objection to the EP Plan or EP Scheme.
A further review of the EP Scheme was undertaken with partners and it was agreed to issue another notice that an EP Scheme had been prepared. On 28th February 2020, TfWM issued this notice that an Enhanced Partnership (EP) Scheme has been prepared, as set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000 and Section 9 of the Bus Services Act 2017. Again, TfWM did not receive any formal objections to this EP Scheme. The draft EP Plan and accompanying draft EP Scheme prepared are available to view on this webpage.
The next stage in the EP development is engagement and consultation with the public and wider stakeholders. However, following a review with partners, it has been decided to pause work on the EP and the public consultation, due to the current circumstances. This position will be reviewed at the end of each month with the partners involved in the development of the EP.
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The EP Plan and accompanying EP Scheme have been prepared in partnership with Local Highway Authorities, local bus operators and other interested stakeholders. The EP Plan covers the area of the West Midlands Combined Authority, excluding those areas of the existing Advanced Quality Partnership Schemes in Birmingham City Centre, Solihull Town Centre and Wolverhampton City Centre. The EP Scheme aims to support the development of bus services on two corridors: A34(N) Walsall – Birmingham City Centre and A45 Birmingham Airport / Solihull – Birmingham City Centre.
The geographical areas covered by this notice are shown below.
 As defined in the West Midlands Combined Authority Constitution