The purpose of the Bus Services Act 2017, which received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017, is to improve bus services for passengers by providing local authorities, the Secretary of State and bus operators with a new toolkit to enable improvements to be made to bus services in their areas.

The legislation:

  • strengthens partnership working

  • introduces franchising powers to replace Quality Contracts

  • modernises ticketing legislation

  • provides the powers for significant improvements to information provision.

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