West Midlands Bus Service Improvement Plan
On 15 March 2021, the Department for Transport set out the National Bus Strategy for England, to deliver better bus services for passengers, through ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered.
Within the strategy there are ambitions for every local transport authority and bus operator in England to be in a statutory enhanced partnership or a franchising arrangement, using existing powers in the Bus Services Act 2017.
The strategy sets out the requirements for all local transport authorities to publish a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) to be able to access a share of the new £3 billion transformational funding from April 2022. The BSIPs are expected to set out a roadmap to better services for passengers and communities, urban and rural, and to be fully informed by local needs.
June 2021 - Enhanced Partnership
On the 28th June 2021, the WMCA made only the second Enhanced Partnership in England, and first by a Mayoral Combined Authority region. The EP Plan covers the West Midlands, with a Scheme for the first Sprint corridor of the A34(N), A45 and B425 across Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall. The EP was made with the 7 constituent authorities and local bus operators.
November 2021 – West Midlands Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)
Our West Midlands BSIP was published on 5th November 2021. It sets out our ambitions for continued investment in our local bus services to level up the West Midlands through Better Buses, Better Journeys and Better Fares for all our residents and visitors.