Last reviewed 5 July 2021

Local transport authorities have until 31 October 2021 to develop their Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs), a requirement under the new National Bus Strategy and vital if they are to secure a share of the £3 billion on offer from the Government to improve services.

Bus and coach passenger charity Bus Users has put together a simple guide to help authorities develop plans that reflect a “high level vision” and outline the “key interventions for delivery”.

“Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs): A 10-point guide for transport departments” can be found at — bususers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/A-10-Point-Guide-to-BSIP.pdf.

Bus Users Chief Executive, Claire Walters, said: “The National Bus Strategy aims to make bus services more frequent, cheaper to use and greener, in order to encourage more people on board. Transport authorities will be driving these improvements but the funding they receive will depend on the strength of their BSIPs.”

The new guide is designed to support the framework set out by the Government, she explained. It lays out how transport authorities can meet their responsibilities and develop effective BSIPs through collaboration and partnership with communities, passengers and stakeholders.

The 10 points include accessibility, inclusivity, air quality/zero emissions and bus priority measures.

Bus Users is inviting local transport authorities to get in touch for support and guidance on developing their BSIPs by emailing: — NBShelp@bususers.org.