Bus Service Improvement Plan

The Government launched the National Bus Strategy – Bus Back Better, in March 2020, setting an ambitious vision to dramatically improve bus services across England. The strategy places a requirement on all Local Transport Authorities to prepare a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), working in partnership with local bus operators and neighbouring local authorities.

This is the first Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) for Reading, outlining our overarching vision and ambitions for buses in the town, and forming a sub-strategy to the emerging Reading Transport Strategy 2036. The plan identifies key areas for improvement in the local bus network, building on our strong track record of having the second highest level of bus usage in the country outside of London (per head of population) before the Covid pandemic.

Reading Bus Service Improvement Plan 2021-26

Enhanced Bus Partnerships

In order to bring about the partnership working that will be required to deliver the BSIP strategy, we are working to establish Enhanced Partnership arrangements with all local bus operators by April 2022. More information will be provided on this page as this progress is progressed.

As required by legislation, our commitment to establish these arrangements is set out below:

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Schemes

At its meeting of the Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee on 30th June 2021, Reading Borough Council gave approval to proceed with the development of an Enhanced Partnership. The commencement of this is confirmed through this notice of the intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Schemes, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.