Following the Government’s National Bus Strategy – ‘Bus Back Better’ announcement in March, £3 billion funding is available to improve bus services across the country.
Central Bedfordshire Council can bid for a share of this in partnership with bus operators.
The Council said it has committed to forming an ‘Enhanced Partnership’ with all local bus operators to improve services and access to funding.
However, before being able to access a portion of funding and form an ‘Enhanced Partnership’, the Council must first develop a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and conduct a survey in collaboration with local bus operators to seek residents’ experiences and where gaps in the service may exist.
The survey is open for two weeks (Wednesday 8 September – Wednesday 22 September 2021) and seeks to understand what would encourage people to use buses more often.
You can take part in the survey by visiting Bus Consultation.
Executive member for community services, councillor Ian Dalgarno, said:
“We want to hear not only from current bus users but people who do not use bus services in Central Bedfordshire.
“We need to hear about people’s experiences and what they think needs improving. By taking the time to fill out the survey you are giving us the best possible chance to access as much funding as possible.”
The survey will feed into the development of the Enhanced Partnership which will consult with stakeholders in 2022.
The Bus Service Improvement Plan will be published in late October 2021.