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Enhanced Partnership

Enhanced Partnership

On Tuesday 27th September 2022, the York Enhanced Partnership for Buses formally came into effect.

This is a statutory Enhanced Partnership (EP) under the Transport Act 2000, between City of York Council and York’s local bus operators.

The EP sets out a range of binding responsibilities for the partners and will act as the principal delivery body for the £17.36m Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) funding, which has been awarded to the council by the Department of Transport (DfT) for use during the financial years 2022-25. The EP will also provide a platform for bus users and stakeholders to share their views on the local bus network.

York’s BSIP was one of only two in the Yorkshire region to receive government funding and will enable the council and local bus operators to implement a wide range of improvements to the city’s bus network and associated infrastructure.

Some of the planned measures include:

  • upgrades to bus infrastructure, including stops, shelters, and real-time information screens
  • new bus priorities
  • improved ticketing and cheaper fares for young persons
  • improved bus information
  • improvements to local bus service levels
  • restarting the Poppleton Bar Park & Ride service, which has been dormant since April 2020
  • upgrading Park & Ride sites to include overnight parking and better connections to longer-distance bus services
  • proposals for new developments to include provision of high-quality bus infrastructure and services

EP Plan and Scheme Documents

York Enhanced Partnership Plan

York Enhanced Partnership Scheme

Schedules and Annexes 

Schedule 4 – BSIP funding summary

The EP Plan sets out the current state of the network, along with high level BSIP objectives and measures. The EP Scheme sets out detailed commitments and governance arrangements.

Enhanced Partnership Forum

The Enhanced Partnership Forum will meet at least once every three months, and provides an opportunity for bus user representatives to air their views, discuss the proposed measures and make recommendations to the Operational Delivery Group.

Membership of the EP Forum is open to representatives of any stakeholders, bus passenger or disability advocacy groups with an interest in the York local bus network, along with elected members of City of York Council.

Other members of the public may make a request to attend or address a particular meeting of the EP Forum, at the discretion of the Independent Chairperson.

Minutes from meetings will be published on this page.

How to participate

If you would like to apply to join the forum, please send an email stating your name and any information about yourself which you’re happy to share with us. It is our hope that the Forum membership will include a broad range of ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Please send your application request to buses@york.gov.uk and it will be forwarded to the Independent Chairperson, who is responsible for approving Forum membership applications.

Enhanced Partnership Operational Delivery Group

The Enhanced Partnership Operational Delivery Group is made up of bus company managers and City of York Council officers. This group is the principal delivery body for EP and BSIP schemes. Meetings will be held every three months, with minutes to be published on this page.