Before proceeding with proposals for a Franchising scheme, authorities are recommended to study the relevant primary and secondary legislation, and the statutory guidance, the latest version of which was issued by the DfT on 17 September 2019. This may be accessed at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk.
Automatic access to franchising powers is provided only to mayoral combined authorities.
Access may be granted to other authorities seeking these powers, but only after a two-stage process has taken place.
First, regulations would have to be issued to permit access to franchising powers to the category of authority concerned. This might be:
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