Reading Borough Council enhanced partnership scheme

THIS FIRST READING ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP SCHEME IS MADE IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTIONS 114 – 123 OF THE TRANSPORT ACT 2000
(as amended) by Reading Borough Council, of Civic Offices, Bridge Street,
Reading, RG1 2LU

The Scheme was modified under a variation made by Reading Borough Council
under powers conferred by s138 E of the Transport Act 2000 (as amended) on 16th
January 2023. The Scheme as originally made and a compare version identifying
amendments made are available on request by contacting transport@reading.gov.uk or by accessing https://www.reading.gov.uk/vehicles-roads-and-transport/transport-strategy/bus-service-improvement-plan/.

CONTENTS

  1. ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP SCHEME – LEGAL DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
  2. DATE AND PERIOD OF OPERATION
  3. SCHEME PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES
  4. SCHEME AREA
  5. FACILITIES
  6. MEASURES
  7. STANDARDS OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY BUS OPERATORS
  8. SCHEME BENEFITS
  9. CONDITIONS OF USE
  10. REVIEW AND MONITORING
  11. VARIATIONS TO THE SCHEME
  12. REVOCATION OF THE SCHEME
  13. COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING THE EP SCHEME
    SCHEDULE 1
    Facilities
    Part 1 – Provided Facilities
    Part 2 – Additional Facilities provided with the support of BSIP funding
    Part 3 – Measures taken or proposed to be taken by the Authority with the support of BSIP
    funding
    Part 4 – Requirements of Bus Operators: Standards of Services including Vehicle Standards
    required for Qualifying Bus Services
    SCHEDULE 2
    Exempted Services
    SCHEDULE 3
    Local Bus Services
    APPENDIX 1
    Form of Undertaking to the Traffic Commissioner
    APPENDIX 2
    Passenger Charter
    APPENDIX 3
    Bus Lanes and Gates

1. ENHANCED PARTNERSHIP SCHEME – LEGAL DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

“Additional Facilities”means facilities meeting the requirements of s138D(1) of the 2000 Act
intended for the convenience of passengers of local services which
are listed in Part 2 of Schedule 1 and to be introduced into the Scheme
with effect from a future date;
“the Authority”means Reading Borough Council;
“Bus”means:
(a) a motor vehicle constructed or adapted to carry more than
eight passengers (exclusive of the driver); and
(b) a Local Bus not so constructed or adapted;
“Bus Lane”has the same meaning as given in regulation 23 in Part I of the
TSR&GD 2002;
“Bus Operator (or
Operator)”
means any bus operator operating Qualifying Bus Services;
“Bus Service Improvement
Plan “
means the Bus Service Improvement Plan adopted by the Council on 17 November 2021 as the same may be revised from time to time;
“Bus Stop”means a location within the Scheme Area which is intended for waiting by local buses;
“Bus Stop Clearway”means a Bus Stop indicated by road markings of the type shown in
either diagram 1025.1, 1025.3 or 1025.4 in Schedule 6 to Part 1 to the TSRGD within which the legend “BUS STOP” area is marked and
within which the requirements, prohibitions and exception specified for the term “Bus Stop clearway” given in Schedule 19 to Part 1 of the TSRGD apply;
“Commencement Date”means the date of commencement of the scheme pursuant to clause 2.1, or such later date as the Scheme may commence following any postponement of the EP Scheme under section 117 of the Transport Act 2000;
“Enhanced Partnership Plan
(EP Plan)“
means the Enhanced Partnership Plan for Reading Borough which
was made on 14 March 2022;
“Enhanced Partnership
Scheme Bespoke variation
(Bespoke variation
mechanism)“
is a reference to the procedure leading to formal bespoke variation of the relevant Enhanced Partnership Scheme involving the voting
mechanism set out in section 11 and the variation adoption procedures of the Authority and which when made will constitute a
formal bespoke variation of the relevant scheme for the purposes of
s.138E(1) of the 2000 Act;
“EP Board”means the Enhanced Partnership Board created and operating in the manner provided under the EP Plan;
“Exempted Services”shall mean the category of Local Services listed in Schedule 2;
“Excursion or Tour”has the same meaning as given in section 137(1) of the Transport Act
1985;
“Facilities”means the Provided Facilities and from their respective Relevant Date the Additional Facilities;
“Group”means in relation to a company, that company, any subsidiary or
holding company from time to time of that company and any subsidiary from time to time of a holding company of that company;
“Local Bus”means a public service vehicle used for the provision of a Local
Service;
“Local Service”has the meaning set out in Section 2 of the Transport Act 1985;
“Measures “means those measures referred to in Schedule 1 meeting the
requirements of s138D(2) of the 2000 Act;
“Mileage Determination
Date”
means 1 April in each year;
“EP Scheme” or “Scheme”means this Reading Borough Council Enhanced Partnership
Scheme;
“Measures Implementation
Date”
means the date (if any) specified in column 4 of the table 2 within Part 3 of Schedule 1;
“Provided Facilities”means facilities meeting the requirements of s138D(1) of the 2000 Act intended for the convenience of passengers of local services which are listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1;
“Qualifying Bus Services”is a reference to registered local bus services with one or more
stopping place within the geographical area of the Enhanced
Partnership, with the exception of those detailed in Schedule 2;
“Relevant Date”means a date specified in this EP Scheme against an Additional
Facility, a Measure or Standard of Service as the effective date for that Additional Facility, Measure or Standard of Service;
“Scheme Area”means the area where this EP Scheme will apply and which is
identified on the map appearing as Appendix 1 to this EP Scheme;
“Scheme Variation Date”means the date upon which this variation to the EP Scheme was made by the Authority;
“Standard Implementation
Date”
means the date upon which a Standard of Service must be
implemented in respect of each Local Service that is subject to this EP Scheme as may be specified in column 4 of the table at Part 4 within Schedule 1;
“Standards of Service”means the standards of service set out in the table at Part 4 within
Schedule 1;
“Traffic Commissioner”has the meaning set out in Section 82(1) of the Public Passenger
Vehicles Act 1981;
“Traffic Regulation Order”means an order made by the Authority in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (SI 2002/3113) as amended, updated or replaced from time to time;
“Voting Entitlement”the number of votes available to the Authority and to each Bus
Operator under the Voting Scheme and which are:
• for the Authority two votes;
• for any Bus Operator and any of its Group Companies that on the
Mileage Determination Date operate 20% or greater of the
aggregate miles operated by all Bus Operators in respect of
Qualifying Bus Services within the Scheme Area two votes in total
to represent in each case all of the parent company’s and all of its
subsidiaries’ interests; and
• for any Bus Operator and any of its Group Companies that on the
Mileage Determination Date operate less than 20% of the
aggregate miles operated by all Bus Operators in respect of
Qualifying Bus Services within the Scheme Area one vote in total
to represent all of those Operators interests;
“Voting Scheme”the bespoke voting scheme that is to be utilised as provided for in
section 11 of this EP Scheme;
“2000 Act”Transport Act 2000 (as amended by the 2017 Act);
“2017 Act”Bus Services Act 2017.

2. DATE AND PERIOD OF OPERATION

2.1The EP Scheme was made on 14th March 2022 and came into effect on 1st April 2022. The Scheme was varied under procedures provided for by s138 E of the TA 2000 and made as a varied scheme on the date provided for at the beginning of this EP Scheme the varied scheme to come into effect on the day of its making.
2.2The EP Scheme will operate (subject to variation or revocation) for an unspecified period. The EP Board will formally review the operation of the EP Scheme at six-month intervals and may review at other times as circumstances require – for example to meet a given timescale for a capital funding bid to government or any other funding organisation.

3. SCHEME PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

3.1The EP Scheme has been jointly developed by the Authority and those Bus Operators that provide local bus services in the Scheme area. It sets out obligations and requirements on the Authority, and Operators of local services that are Qualifying Bus Services in order to achieve the intended improvements, with the aim of delivering the objectives of the associated EP Plan.

The overall Aim is to build a sustainable, efficient and growing bus network that meets the public’s travel needs and expectations.
3.2The EP Scheme aims to bring benefits to persons using Local Services by improving the quality of those Local Services operating in the Scheme Area and in the case of all Local Services that are Qualifying Bus Services, restricting the use of the Bus Stops in the Scheme Area to those Qualifying Bus Services that are operated by the relevant Bus Operator that meet the Standards of Service. The restriction referred to is without prejudice to the rights of operators of other services referred to in paragraph 5.1. The Authority is satisfied that both the provision of the Facilities, the taking of Measures and the provision of Local Services to the required standard will achieve this aim.
3.3The EP aims to enable Bus Operators to achieve more reliable and punctual services in accordance with bus service registrations as part of their commitments to the Traffic Commissioner, reduce journey time, increase bus patronage and passenger satisfaction. Measures and funding will be put in place from existing and future funding sources.

4. SCHEME AREA

4.1The Scheme Area covers the administrative area of the Authority as identified in the plan set out at Appendix 1.
4.2The EP Scheme shall apply to Bus Operators operating Qualifying Bus Services within the Scheme Area unless the service is an Exempted Service. Where following any variation to this EP Scheme a Facility or a Measure is to be implemented by the Authority or a new or modified Standard of Service is required of Operators from a stated date the relevant Facility or Standard of Service shall apply (subject to any provision within the 2000 Act permitting postponement) from the date specified in the variation. In the case of Measures, where a Measure Implementation Date is specified the Authority shall use reasonable endeavours to achieve that date.
4.3A summary of all Local Services operating in the Scheme Area at the date of making of the EP Scheme is set out in Schedule 3. The Authority will update Schedule 3 when informed of any proposed service changes by any Bus Operator and the Authority will make copies available to the Traffic Commissioner and all Bus Operators of affected Local Services. For the avoidance of doubt, such list will be an indicative list only of those Local Services which the Authority believes to fall within the terms of the EP Scheme and are Qualifying Bus Services. An omission from the list in Schedule 3 shall not exempt a Local Service from the EP Scheme, which would otherwise fall within the terms of the EP Scheme by reason of meeting the definition of a Qualifying Bus Service.

5. FACILITIES

5.1The Authority will make the Facilities available (as detailed in Part 1 of Schedule 1) to
Qualifying Bus Services and maintain and procure the maintenance of the Facilities from the Commencement Date (in relation to Provided Facilities) and from the Relevant Date in the case of Additional Facilities that the Authority commits in principle to provide, until the date the Scheme ceases to have effect. For the avoidance of doubt the Authority will not restrict use of the Facilities by Exempted Services.
5.2Paragraph 5.1 shall not apply in relation to any Qualifying Bus Service using a Facility for any period during which the Authority is temporarily unable to fulfil its obligations, in respect of that Facility, due to circumstances beyond its control. In such circumstances the Authority shall notify any Bus Operator affected by the inability of the Authority to meet its obligations in respect of that Facility, confirming the reason for such inability and the anticipated period during that the Facility will not be available or the Facility is not being provided in compliance with the Authority’s obligations.
5.3The Facilities are to be maintained (subject to any variation to this EP Scheme or
circumstances referred to in paragraph 5.2) for the duration of the EP Scheme in accordance with existing standards of maintenance generally applied by the Authority in its management of local transport assets.
5.4Incorporation of certain Provided Facilities and, hereafter, Additional Facilities, anticipates the Authority being the responsible organisation for purposes of maintenance, management and compliance. In the event that the Authority, for any reason, ceases to have such responsibility the relevant Provided Facilities shall only be retained within this Scheme provided that:
5.4.1. the Authority (without legal obligation to secure the same) is able to enter into
arrangements with the successor party for the requirements concerned to
continue to be provided and maintained; and
5.4.2. where the arrangement at clause 5.4.1 is agreed by the successor party in respect of the relevant Provided Facilities requirements of the Authority under this Scheme shall change and have the status of a Measure with the requirement to procure the continuing maintenance, management and compliance with the requirements of this Scheme in respect of each affected Facility; and
5.4.3. upon any such arrangements coming into effect this EP Scheme shall be varied in its effect to such extent as necessary at the instigation of the Authority and shall not be subject to the variation procedures prescribed by s138 of the TA 2000.
5.5The Authority shall ensure that any Traffic Regulation Order and/or contractual or other arrangement necessary to support the availability of any Provided Facility that is in place and maintained from the Relevant Date and thereafter continues to be in place (subject to variation under this Scheme) for so long as this Scheme remains in effect.
5.6Further facilities in respect of which funding has been confirmed [(subject to agreement of the [first] and any subsequent Grant Award Letter(s))] and which are to be incorporated into the Scheme are identified indicatively in the table at Part 2 of Schedule 1. In each case the Additional Facility shall be introduced into the Scheme under the Bespoke Variation Procedure with a Relevant Date determined as part of the variation adopted.
5.7In relation to any decision made by the Authority to make a relocation of any Bus Stop that is minor in its effect, such as, amongst other things, a temporary move due to roadworks, and any decision to introduce a new Bus Stop no variation to this EP Scheme shall be required. The Authority shall give reasonable notice to Bus Operators of any decision of the kind referred to in this paragraph 5.7.

6. Measures

6.1The Authority shall continue to take and, where relevant, commence to take the Measures provided for in the table at Part 3 to Schedule 1 to this EP Scheme with effect from the Measures Implementation Date. Where no Measures Implementation Date is specified the implementation of the Measure is subject to completion of detailed development and to the securing of necessary funding. The Authority’s commitment to take Measures is subject to any temporary inability to take the required Measure whether at all or in part provided that the Authority where the period of unavailability is material to the interests of Operators notifies Operators of the circumstances and where practicable the likely period of
unavailability that is likely to exist.

7. STANDARDS OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY BUS OPERATORS

7.1An Operator of a Qualifying Bus Service may only use any of the Facilities in the Scheme Area for Qualifying Bus Services if a written undertaking from the operator in the template form attached at Appendix 2 to this EP Scheme is provided to the Traffic Commissioner and a copy delivered to the Authority.
7.2Operators of Qualifying Bus Services shall, subject to paragraph 7.3, comply with the
Standard of Services, as specified in Schedule 1, in respect of all Qualifying Bus Services with effect from the Standard Implementation Date where a date is specified, except for any period during which the Operator is temporarily unable to do so due to circumstances beyond its control. The Authority is to be notified in writing as soon as reasonably practicable as to the reasons and expected period of such non-compliance
7.3If no date is specified in the Operator’s notice to the Authority under clause 7.2, then the particular standard of service represents a standard that the Authority considers should be implemented at a future date, but this shall be subject to the making of a Variation to this EP Scheme as provided for at paragraph 11 of this EP Scheme.
7.4Any Operator of a Local Service who fails to comply with clause 7.1 or 7.2 may be subject to action by the Traffic Commissioner in accordance with section 26 (conditions attached to PSV operator’s licence) of the Transport Act 1985 and section 155 of the 2000 Act.

8. Scheme Benefits

8.1The improvements to infrastructure, ticketing, highways, vehicle quality and staff training by introducing this EP Scheme including as further developed through variations to the Scheme, will bring benefits to passengers using Local Services in the Scheme Area by improving the quality of those Local Services.
8.2Congestion in the Scheme Area is currently one of the causes for unreliability, solved only by the addition of extended journey times, and therefore prevents any significant reductions in scheduled journey times. The introduction of the EP Scheme is anticipated to lead to a number of measures to address congestion. This should improve reliability and accessibility and help towards increasing bus usage. Facilities and Measures will be put in place using available funding as proposed in Schedule 1.
8.3The targets for passenger benefits for this EP Scheme are based on the Bus Service
Improvement Plan submitted to the DfT on 31 October 2021. The Bus Service Improvement Plan may be updated by the Authority from time to time at its discretion. Any revised targets set by such updated plan shall then be referred to in this EP Scheme (following consultation with Operators through the EP Board) without a requirement for any variation to be made.
8.4This EP Scheme is intended over time to support public health in the administrative area of the Authority by reducing the emissions of harmful Nitrous Oxide and Particulate Matter from the Operators’ bus fleets. It will also contribute to a reduction in the Authority’s Carbon Dioxide emissions and contribute to the Authority’s climate change commitments.
8.5Each Operator shall report savings it has made to the Authority on an annual basis
(commencing with the first anniversary of the date of the making of this EP Scheme variation for the purposes of complying with the requirement set out at reference [S1] in the table in Part 4 of Schedule 1 (Requirements of Bus Operators), and such savings to be reported shall include but not be limited to (i) cash savings made by that Operator; (ii) savings made by that Operator which relate to assets and/or resources available to that Operator and/or which no longer need to be utilised by that Operator as a result of the implementation of Facilities and/or Measures in accordance with this EP Scheme, and/or requirements imposed on Operators in accordance with Part 4 of Schedule 1 (Requirements of Bus Operators) of this EP Scheme; and/or other operational expenditure in respect of Local Services operating in the EP Scheme Area which that Operator no longer needs to expend, which are, in each case, derived directly from this EP Scheme.

9. Conditions of use

9.1An Operator of a Qualifying Bus Service may only use the Facilities in the Scheme Area if each Qualifying Bus Service is provided by that Operator to the Standards of Service except for any period during which that Operator is, in respect of one or more local services temporarily unable to do so owing to circumstances beyond its control, provided that the Authority is notified in writing as soon as practicably possible as to the reasons and expected period of such non-compliance.
9.2Any Operator of a Local Service who fails to comply with paragraph 9.1 above (including failing to give any undertaking required by the Traffic Commissioners in relation to the registration of any new or variation to an existing service) may be subject to action by the Traffic Commissioner in accordance with section 26 (Conditions attached to PSV operator’s licence) of the Transport Act 1985 and section 155 of the TA 2000.

10. Review and monitoring

10.1The EP Scheme will be reviewed at intervals as described at paragraph 2.2, which will include an assessment of the EP Scheme’s benefits in order to determine if any action is required to maintain or develop the Facilities, commit the Authority to taking further Measures and vary, add to or remove Standards of Service.
10.2Throughout the duration of the EP Scheme, the programme shall be monitored and evaluated
against the objectives of the Bus Services Improvement Plan and Enhanced Partnership
Plan.
In accordance with the EP Plan, the EP Forum will play a key role in this review process and
will provide the opportunity to discuss all kinds of issues affecting the Reading BC bus
network, consulting with and building consensus across the various stakeholders and making
recommendations for consideration to the EP Board. The forum will represent a platform for
the Council’s to monitor the effectiveness of its transport plans and policies and, in particular
the effectiveness of the EP Plan through consultations that it will undertake from time to time
in conjunction with the EP Board with both the forum and wider constituent groups within the
Reading BC area.
10.3The Authority reserves the right to monitor compliance with the Standards of Services in
respect of a Qualifying Bus Service that is using any of the Facilities. Bus Operators of
Qualifying Bus Services will allow the Authority (including its officers and employees)
reasonable access to any such Qualifying Bus Service for this purpose, and provide any
reasonable assistance required for this purpose.
10.4Instances of Bus Operators failing to comply with the Standard of Services may be reported to the Traffic Commissioner and may be subject to action as detailed in Paragraph 9.2.

11. Variations to the scheme

11.1Variations to the EP Scheme shall be brought into effect through the formal making of a variation to the EP Scheme by the Authority.
11.2Variations considered for implementation may include variations to this variation procedure and in particular the Voting Scheme for the EP Scheme in the event that there is (in the opinion of the Authority (acting reasonably)) a material change in the ownership of route registrations relating to the provision of Qualifying Bus Services including the introduction into the EP Scheme area of any new Bus Operator.
11.3The making of a variation shall be subject to the following:
• the internal procedures required to be pursued by the Authority having regard to all
relevant governance arrangements that are relevant to any variation;
• consequences that arise from the variation (such as requirements to undertake impact assessment, financial implications and any requirements to secure the assistance of other parties in order to deliver the proposed variation); and
• the EP Board being satisfied that the EP Scheme as varied will improve the quality or attractiveness of bus services in the Scheme Area; and/or the EP Scheme as varied will contribute to reducing or limiting congestion, noise or pollution.
11.4Bespoke variation to the EP Scheme may be made applying the provisions of this section 11
of the EP Scheme applying in turn the provisions of s.138E of the TA 2000 where the
following conditions (required to be specified under that section of the TA 2000) exist namely:
• if implemented it will result in the variation to or the addition of any further Facility,
Measure or Standards of Service or the removal of any Facility, Measure or Standards of
Service or a combination of the same; and
• the variation is considered by the Authority, to be acceptable and appropriate to be
developed into a formal variation for adoption by the Authority taking into account factors
that the Authority is required to take into account including matters of competition law,
affordability (taking account of available funding but having regard to any future ongoing
costs) and the Council’s equalities duties.
11.5The Authority and, where appropriate, other parties as provided for in the EP Plan may from time to time bring forward proposals for variations to this EP Scheme reflecting, in particular, investment opportunities that arise that will lead to enhanced and/or new Facilities intended to improve the quality of bus services operating in the Scheme Area or which if implemented are calculated to increase patronage or meet other objectives within the EP Plan.
11.6The Authority and, where appropriate, other participants in the EP Scheme may from time to time bring forward proposals for variations to this EP Scheme reflecting, in particular, Facilities that the Authority is able to commit to that will lead to enhanced and/or new Facilities intended to facilitate the improvement of the quality of bus services operating in the Scheme Area to which this EP Scheme relates, or which if implemented is calculated to increase patronage or meet other objectives within the EP Scheme or the EP Plan.
11.7The Authority and, where appropriate, other participants in the EP Scheme may from time to time bring forward proposals for variations to this EP Scheme reflecting, in particular, Measures that the Authority is able to commit to or, with co-operation from third parties, secure that will lead to enhanced and/or new Measures intended to facilitate the improvement of the quality of bus services operating in the Scheme Area to which this EP Scheme relates, or which if implemented is calculated to increase patronage or meet other objectives within the EP Plan.
11.8The Authority and where appropriate other participants in the EP Scheme may from time to time bring forward proposals for variations to the Standards of Service applied in this EP Scheme reflecting, in particular, variations to the Vehicle Standards and the Passenger Charter intended to facilitate the improvement of the quality of bus services operating in the Scheme Area or which if implemented is calculated to increase patronage or meet other objectives within the EP Plan.
11.9All participants within the EP Board are accordingly encouraged to bring forward for
consideration by the EP Board potential EP Scheme variations and the Board shall also have regard to proposals remitted to it by the EP Forum also established under the EP Plan. The proposer of a variation should demonstrate how the variation is expected to contribute to achieving the objectives set out in the EP Plan and current local transport policies.
11.10Other variations to the EP Scheme may be brought forward where through the
implementation of the variation any of the objectives of the EP Plan will be more effectively achieved or for the purpose of varying any other matter that is the subject of this EP Scheme.
11.11All proposals for Variations shall be set out in writing and submitted to
transport@reading.gov.uk. The administrator responsible for the conduct of the affairs of the EP Board shall provide copies of the proposal to all members of the Board within three working days of receipt of the proposal.
11.12The EP Board shall be entitled to comment on proposals for variations to and new Facilities and Measures (or variations to or the removal of existing Facilities and or Measures) to be implemented under this EP Scheme proposed under the variation in accordance with the foregoing procedures.
11.13Any proposal brought forward may require to be taken through the internal procedures of the Authority in the manner envisaged above and will in all cases include considerations of competition law, in particular to ensure that the competition test provided for at Part 1 to Schedule 10 of the 2000 Act is still satisfied
11.14If there is a majority agreement (applying the Voting Scheme) the proposed variation is to be regarded as agreed by the EP Board and, if practicable, taken forward by the Authority to become a variation to the EP Scheme. The Authority in taking forward any variation shall have regard to any views expressed by the EP Board as to the timing of implementation of any revised Standards of Service that may form part of the proposed variation.
11.15Should any Bus Operator with voting rights not be represented either by its nominated representative or any authorised substitute or with another party authorised to exercise its vote on a proxy basis, then the proposed variation shall be put to a vote (again applying the Voting Scheme under arrangements to be made by the Chair of the EP Board for votes to be given by email to be received by such date and time as the Chair (acting reasonably) determines. Should the votes cast present to the Chair a majority in number under the Voting Scheme the proposed variation shall be taken forward in the manner envisaged above.
11.16In addition to the above bespoke variation procedure the Authority alone is entitled to progress any desired variations to this EP Scheme in accordance with the procedures set out at section 138L of the 2000 Act.

12. Revocation of the scheme

12.1If the LTA or another member of the EP Board believes it is necessary to revoke the EP Scheme, the EP Board will be reconvened. If the decision is taken by majority agreement applying the Voting Scheme to revoke the EP Scheme the Authority will give consideration to and, if thought appropriate, apply the legislative procedures for revocation.
12.2If at any point in the future, any area covered by this EP Scheme is included in a bus
franchising scheme, the relevant requirements set out in this EP Scheme document will cease to apply to areas covered by the franchising scheme, in line with the arrangements set out in the franchising scheme.

13. Communications concerning the EP scheme

13.1Any Operator or other person wishing to communicate with the Enhanced Partnership concerning the administration of this EP Scheme should address the communication to Chairman of the Enhanced Partnership Board with a copy provided to the transport@reading.gov.uk inbox.

SCHEDULE 1

Facilities

Provided Facilities are set out in this Part 1 of Schedule 1. Upon additional funding having been secured and providing that the Authority has in place all necessary arrangements for the provision of any Additional Facility, that facility shall become one of the Provided Facilities proposed to be provided and referred to below, subject to detailed development and to funding being secured in order to implement the facility.

Part 1 – Provided Facilities

Facilities to continue to be provided by the Authority

Existing Facilities

The Authority has provided from the Commencement Date and will continue to provide the following bus priority measures:

CategoryLocation
Bus LanesAt locations identified in Appendix 4 to this EP Scheme
Bus priority at signalled junctionsAt locations identified in Appendix 4 to this EP Scheme
South Reading Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor: South Reading BRT involves a series of bus priorities measures on the A33 between Reading town centre and the Mereoak P&R facility to the south of the M4.At locations identified in Appendix 4 to this EP Scheme
Red Route: The ‘no stopping’ restrictions were introduced in 2017 to reduce delays to Route 17 and other bus routes on this corridor. This was the first Red Route to be delivered outside of London.Reference information is available at Red Route – Reading Borough
Council

Part 2 – Additional Facilities provided with the support of BSIP funding

ReferencesMeasureNew Facilities proposed to be implementedRelevant date
Provision of improved Bus Stop infrastructure including
higher specification and refurbished shelters,
accessibility improvements including raised kerbs, and
Real-Time Passenger Information (RTPI) displays at the
busiest Bus Stops, delivered as part of the wider set of
improvement to bus services through the QBC approach.
The Authority will deliver a running programme of
enhancements to bus stops in line with the
recommendations from the service specification – see
Measure (N1) below.
The Relevant Date for any individual facility that is or
forms part of a Bus stop that is improved shall be the date
at which improvements made are implemented and a
record of which will be maintained by the Authority.
However, the EP Scheme document will not require a
variation be made on each and every date that an
improved facility is brought into use but shall be captured
as part of the annual BSIP review.
B1Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will develop a detailed delivery programme of bus priority measures to assist with routes to and through Caversham and routes in west Reading, which are subject to traffic congestion and disruption
B2Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an outbound Bus Lane on A329 Oxford Road between Zinzan Street and George Street.
B3Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an outbound Bus Lane on A329 Oxford Road between Pangbourne Street and Norcot Junction.
B4Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an inbound Bus Lane on
A327 Southampton Street from Pell Street to Oracle
Roundabout.
B5Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an inbound Bus Lane on A4 London Road between borough boundary and Amity Road.
B6Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an inbound bus lane on A4 London Road from Sidmouth Street to London Street.
B7Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will implement an outbound Bus Lane on A4 Bath Road from Circuit Lane to Granville Road.
B8Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will introduce a package of bus signal priority measures at key junctions to complement new bus priority lanes.
D1Consideration of bus rapid transport
networks
The Authority will deliver phases 5 and 6 of Reading’s South Reading BRT scheme to build on the phases introduced to date.
E2Integrate services with other transport
modes
The Authority will improve access arrangements and passenger facilities at Mereoak Park and Ride
S1Improve bus informationThe Authority will review the location of on-street RTPI displays to ensure that information is supplied at the most useful locations such as busy town centre shops and existing and new park and ride and railway stations.
S2Improve bus informationThe Authority will update on-street RTPI displays in order to offer fully accessible information for people with a disability.

Part 3 – Measures taken or proposed to be taken by the Authority with the support of BSIP funding

Ref NoMeasureDescription of measureMeasure implementation date
A1Review service frequencyThe Authority will work with Bus Operators on each key
corridor to develop detailed proposals to improve on a
commercially sustainable basis service frequency through
the Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
A2Review service frequencyThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop a plan
aimed at adapting the network to embed future passenger
growth by supporting socially and economically necessary
services to enable longer-term bus travel behaviours to
become a natural choice in Reading.
From the Scheme Variation Date
A7Review service frequencyThe Authority will improve frequency of services between
the redeveloped Rivermead Leisure Centre, the adjacent
proposed new secondary school and residential areas.
In accordance with anticipated facility opening dates.
A8Review service frequencyThe Authority will support the development of a new Park
and Ride service for Royal Berkshire Hospital and University
of Reading.
From the Scheme Variation Date
B1Increase bus priority measuresThe Authority will develop a detailed delivery programme of
bus priority measures to assist with routes to and through
Caversham and routes in west Reading, which are subject
to traffic congestion and disruption.
From the Scheme Variation Date
C1Increase demand responsive servicesThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop
increased Demand Responsive Services as flexible
extensions of existing routes including to enable more direct
journeys from residential areas to workplaces and other
destinations outside the town centre.
From the Scheme Variation Date
E1Integrate services with other transport
modes
The Authority will work with Wokingham Borough Council to
provide a service between Reading and the new Thames
Valley Park P&R site.
From the Scheme Variation Date
E2Integrate services with other transport
modes
The Authority will continue to review parking charges in
Reading to ensure bus ticket pricing offers a competitive
advantage.
From the Scheme Variation Date
F1Simplify servicesThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop a plan
aimed at simplifying and developing services through the
Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
F2Simplify servicesThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop a plan
aimed at simplifying services to south Reading areas of
employment and serving ‘out of town’ residential and
commercial developments via fast BRT routes in partnership
with Wokingham Borough Council.
From the Scheme Variation Date
G1Review socially necessary servicesThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop plans
for socially necessary services through the Enhanced
Partnership process.
From the Scheme Variation Date
G4Review socially necessary servicesThe Authority will extend route 42 from Rivermead to
Tilehurst connecting residential areas to employment,
education and leisure facilities.
In accordance with anticipated facility opening dates.
J1Simplify faresThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to review fares
structures through the Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
K1Integrated ticketing between operators
and transport modes
The Authority will, working with Bus Operators, introduce
and promote a new multi-operator day travel ticket at a
significantly discounted price to encourage significant
growth in bus patronage and modal shift. This ticketing
scheme will focus on reducing the cost of adult, young
persons (up to age 18) and group day ticket travel within the
wider Reading area, and will also see the introduction of a
daily capped “tap-on, tap-off” multi operator ticket.
The Authority and Operators will develop a joint marketing
and communication plan and will promote both the ticketing
scheme and the English National Concessionary Travel
Scheme (ENCTS) throughout the duration of the EP
Scheme.
From the Scheme Variation Date
L1Invest in improved bus specificationsThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop a
preferred high specification for buses in Reading through the
Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
L2Invest in improved bus specificationsThe Authority will continue to work with Bus Operators to
implement agreed accessibility improvements to further
cater for wheelchair users and for parents and carers with
pushchairs.
All ready in place
N1Protect personal safety of bus
passengers
The Authority will develop a service specification for Bus
Stop infrastructure throughout Reading.
From the Scheme Variation Date
N2Protect personal safety of bus
passengers
The Authority will implement bus stop improvements at a
number of bus stops across the EP area to improve
passenger facilities.
From the Scheme Variation Date
O1Improve buses for touristsThe Authority will continue to work with event organisers to
expand the provision of bus services serving events to
persuade even more visitors to travel sustainably to these
events.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Q1Passenger charterThe Authority will work with Bus Operators to develop and
introduce a Passenger Charter alongside establishing the
Enhanced Partnership arrangements including engagement
in passenger feedback activities.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Q2Passenger charterThe Authority will work with neighbouring authorities to
ensure alignment of our Passenger Charters.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Q4Passenger charterThe Authority will continue to regularly review progress and
publication of targets as set out in the EP Plan / BSIP and
will monitor the implementation of Facilities and Measures,
and evaluate their effectiveness.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Communications PlanThe Authority will produce a communications plan, ensuring
adherence to guidelines and requirements set by DfT,
promoting all the schemes and initiatives being delivered by
the Authority through the BSIP funding (Reading’s BSIP
programme). This will include general communications on
the delivery of bus priority and infrastructure schemes as
well as, where appropriate, marketing individual initiatives
such as the discounted ticketing scheme initiative and new
services. The communication plan will be consulted on
through the EP Board as well as being shared with DfT for
comment and will be reviewed regularly over the course of
Reading’s BSIP Programme.”
From the Scheme Variation Date
The Authority shall work with Operators in the development
and updating of BSIP and Enhanced Partnership branding
and marketing materials, in formats to be developed by the
Authority in consultation with the EP Board.
From the Scheme Variation Date
R1Strengthen network identityThe Authority will promote a strong network identity for
services running in the borough including supporting the
publication of a network map showing all Local Services and
other relevant services.
From the Scheme Variation Date
T1Reading Town Centre bus
enhancements
The Authority will work with Bus Operators to ensure best
use of town centre Bus Stops and bus stands balancing
provision of facilities for buses alongside other demands for
kerb-space.
From the Scheme Variation Date
T2Reading Town Centre bus
enhancements
The Authority will continue to work with Bus Operators and
other stakeholders to ensure there is provision for expansion
of existing bus services and frequencies and for new
services to be developed such as BRT services.
Already in place
Traffic Control Services and public
information
The Authority will investigate and pursue opportunities to
work with Bus Operators and Thames Valley Police on a
joint traffic control centre, including access to incoming
CCTV and outgoing media updates.
From the Scheme Variation Date

Part 4 – Requirements of Bus Operators: Standards of Services including Vehicle Standards required for Qualifying Bus Services

Ref NoRequirementDescriptionStandard Implementation Date
A1Review service frequencyBus Operators will work with the Authority on each key corridor to
develop detailed proposals to improve on a commercially
sustainable basis service frequency through the Enhanced
Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
A2Review service frequencyBus Operators will work with the Authority to develop a plan
aimed at adapting the network to embed future passenger growth
by supporting socially and economically necessary services to
enable longer-term bus travel behaviours to become a natural
choice in Reading.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Additional bus priority and other
public transport infrastructure
Bus Operators will work with the Authority through the
Partnership Board in the development of future bus priority and
other infrastructure projects.
C1Increase demand responsive
services
Bus Operators will work with the Authority to develop increased
Demand Responsive Services as flexible extensions of existing
routes including to enable more direct journeys from residential
areas to workplaces and other destinations outside the town
centre.
From the Scheme Variation Date
F1Simplify servicesBus Operators will work with the Authority to develop a plan
aimed at simplifying and developing services through the
Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
F2Simplify servicesBus Operators will work with the Authority to develop a plan
aimed at simplifying services to south Reading areas of
employment and serving ‘out of town’ residential and commercial
developments via fast BRT routes in partnership with Wokingham
Borough Council.
From the Scheme Variation Date
G1Review socially necessary
services
Bus Operators will work with the Authority to develop plans for
socially necessary services through the Enhanced Partnership
process.
From the Scheme Variation Date
J1Simplify faresBus Operators will work with the Authority to review fares
structures through the Enhanced Partnership arrangements.
From the Scheme Variation Date
K1Integrated ticketing between
operators and transport modes
Bus Operators will work with the Authority to introduce and
promote a new multi-operator day travel ticket at a significantly
discounted price to encourage significant growth in bus patronage
and modal shift. This ticketing scheme will focus on reducing the
cost of adult, young persons (up to age 18) and group day ticket
travel within the wider Reading area, and will also see the
introduction of a daily capped “tap-on, tap-off” multi operator
ticket.
The Ticketing Scheme requires the Authority and all current and
future Operators to be party to a commercially agreed
Participation Agreement..
From the Scheme Variation Date
L1Invest in improved bus
specifications
Bus Operators will work with the Authority to develop a preferred
high specification for buses in Reading through the Enhanced
Partnership arrangements
From the Scheme Variation Date
L2Invest in improved bus
specifications
Bus Operators will continue to work with the Authority to
implement agreed accessibility improvements to further cater for
wheelchair users and for parents and carers with pushchairs.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Q1Passenger charterBus Operators will work with the Authority to develop and
introduce a Passenger Charter alongside establishing the
Enhanced Partnership arrangements including engagement in
passenger feedback activities.
From the Scheme Variation Date
T1Reading Town Centre bus
enhancements
Bus Operators will continue to work with the Authority to ensure
best use of town centre Bus Stops and bus stands balancing
provision of facilities for buses alongside other demands for
kerb space.
From the Scheme Variation Date
T2Reading Town Centre bus
enhancements
Bus Operators will continue to work with the Authority and other
stakeholders to ensure there is provision for expansion of existing bus services and frequencies and for new services to be
developed such as BRT services.
From the Scheme Variation Date
Reinvestment of savings achieved
by Operators
Reinvestment in the EP Scheme Area of Operator savings
derived directly from this EP Scheme: Operators shall: (1) report
to the Authority on Operator savings derived directly from this EP
Scheme in accordance with paragraph 8.5 of this EP Scheme on
an annual basis; and (2) implement reinvestment of Operator
savings in a manner demonstrably for the benefit of Local
Services provided within the Scheme Area Bus Operators shall work the Authority to develop and promote
suitable branding and marketing of the BSIP Schemes in
accordance with the requirements of the DfT guidelines.
From the Scheme Variation Date

SCHEDULE 2

Exempted Services

The following services are exempt from the requirements of the EP Scheme:

  • services which operate for the primary purpose of carrying schoolchildren or students between their home and a school or Further Education College at the start or finish of the relevant school day.
  • a service which is registered as a local service under section 6 of the Transport Act 1985 but which would otherwise be an excursion or tour within the meaning in section 137(1) of that Act;
  • Community Transport or Dial a Ride services which are restricted to use by pre-registered passengers only;
  • any Local Service registered so as to operate on one day of the week only;
  • Local Services operated in conjunction with sporting or other leisure events;
  • a service in respect of which a community bus permit has been granted under section 22 of the Transport Act 1985;
  • a service which is a local service for 10% or less of the overall distance covered by the service; and
  • National coach services or coach tours using the Bus Stand/Bus Stop Clearways.

N.B. the requirements of the EP Scheme do apply to a service, or any part of a service provided under arrangements made under sections 89 to 91 of
the Transport Act 1985 in any case where the authority retains all the revenue from that service.

SCHEDULE 3

Local Bus Services

OperatorService NoRouteDay of Operation
Reading Buses1Reading to NewburyDaily
Reading Buses2/2aReading to Mortimer & TadleyDaily
Reading Buses3Reading to Arborfield & WokinghamDaily
Reading BusesX3Reading to Shinfield ParkMon-Fri
Reading Buses4/X4Reading to BracknellDaily
Reading Buses5Reading to Northumberland AveDaily
Reading Buses6/6aReading to Whitley Wood & Tesco DepotDaily
Reading Buses9Reading to Whitley WoodMon-Fri
Reading Buses10Reading to Kennet IslandDaily
Reading Buses11Reading to Coley ParkDaily
Reading Buses13/14Reading to Woodley circularsDaily
Reading Buses15/15aReading to Dee Park, Calcot & ThealeDaily
Reading Buses16Reading to PurleyDaily
Reading Buses17Wokingham Road to Tilehurst Water TowerDaily
Reading Buses19a/cReading to Loddon Bridge circularsMon-Sat
Reading Buses19bReading to Lower EarleyMon-Sat
Reading Buses21/21aReading to University & Lower EarleyDaily
Reading Buses22Reading to Caversham HeightsMon-Sat
Reading Buses23/24Reading to Emmer Green / Caversham Park circularsDaily
Reading Buses25Reading to Peppard CommonDaily
Reading Buses26Reading to CalcotDaily
Reading Buses27/29Reading to Lower CavershamDaily
Reading Buses33Reading to Tilehurst & Little HeathDaily
Reading Buses42Kenavon Drive to RivermeadMon-Sat
Reading Buses50Reading to Green ParkMon-Sat
Reading Buses600Reading to Mereoak P&R and Spencers Wood, Shinfield & RiseleyMon-Sat
Reading Buses702Reading to Legoland/Slough & LondonDaily
Thames Valley Buses127-9Wokingham/Maidenhead to ReadingMon-Sat
Arriva800/850High Wycombe to ReadingDaily
Oxford Bus CompanyX39/40Oxford to ReadingDaily
Thames Travel143Goring/Upper Basildon to ReadingMon-Sat

Appendix 1

Form of Undertaking to the Traffic Commissioner

Relating to the First Reading Borough Council Enhanced Partnership Scheme (“the Scheme”)

[Name of Operator] hereby undertakes to provide Local Services to the standards specified in the Scheme when using the Facilities.

All terms used in this undertaking have the same meaning as those set out in the First Reading Borough Council Enhanced Partnership Scheme made on [insert date] and varied with effect from [
].

[In the case of Bus Operators joining into the Reading Borough Council Enhanced Partnership Scheme after the Commencement Date of the scheme the following sentence is to be included.

We confirm that we have executed and delivered to Reading Borough Council and to each Bus Operator that is a current party to the Participation Agreement dated [ ], a Deed of Adherence to that agreement.]

SIGNED
[insert name of Director of Operator Company]
[Title]
[Operator Company name]

DATE:

Appendix 2

DRAFT BUS PASSENGER CHARTER – KEY ELEMENTS FOR INCLUSION

The Authority will develop in conjunction with the EP Board, and the Enhanced Partnership will introduce, a bus passenger charter to give passengers more of a voice and a say in the future of bus services in Reading, putting passengers at the centre of bus service improvements.

Appendix 3

Bus Lanes and Gates

NorthDirectionLength approx (m)
Vastern Road, Caversham Road to Reading Bridgeeast250
Trooper Potts Way (North Interchange)north100
Trooper Potts Way (North Interchange)south100
Station North car park accesswest125
Hemdean Road inboundsouth50
Vastern Road Rly Bridgenorth125
Vastern Road Rly Bridgesouth80
7830
EastDirectionLength approx (m)
Kings Road, Back of Beyond to Forbury Rdeast40
Kings Road, Prudential – Cemetery Junctioneast700
Kings Road, Cemetery Junction – Orts Roadwest400
Wokingham Road, Palmers Way to Eastern Avewest400
41540
SouthDirectionLength approx (m)
London Street inboundnorth250
London St outboundsouth250
London Road (London St to Kendrick Rd)east250
Southampton St inboundnorth125
Basingstoke Road Elgar Road approachnorth100
Basingstoke Road Rose Kiln Lane approachnorth70
Basingstoke Road Buckland Rd approachsouth130
Basingstoke Road Buckland Rd to Bennet Rdsouth750
Basingstoke Road Bennet Rd approachnorth80
Old Basingstoke Road towards J11south125
J11 crossingsouth800
J11 crossingnorth800
Kenent Island bus gatewest15
Kenent Island bus gateeast15
South MRT Imperial Way – Little Leasouth300
South MRT Bennet Rd – Imperial Waysouth750
South MRT Island Rd – Bennet Rdsouth450
South MRT Imperial Way – South Oak Waynorth300
South MRT Lindisfarne Way islandsouth10
South MRT Fobney Meadows to Rose Kiln Lane Southsouth750
South MRT after Kennet Bridge to Kennet Islandsouth225
216545
WestDirectionLength approx (m)
Bath Road Berkeley Ave to Lima Courteast650
Bath Road outbound by Horncastlewest150
Southcote Lane outbound from Bath Roadwest25
Southcote Lane inbound bus gateeast10
Oxford Road inbound, Norcot Junction to Tidmarsh Steast175
Oxford Road inbound (Bedford Rd)east30
61040
Town CentreDirectionLength approx (m)
Duke Street inboundnorth130
Duke Street outboundsouth15
Bridge Street inboundnorth125
Oracle roundabout and Bridge Streetnorth160
St Marys Butts bus gate £north10
Oxford Road Cheapsideeast30
Gun Street right turnwest30
West Streetsouth125
West Street right turnnorth10
Friar Street west outboundwest250
Friar Street west bus gate £east10
Blagrave Street /Station approachwest80
Forbury bus gate £south25
Minster Street bus gate £west15
Stanshaw Rd bus gatewest15
151030
all bus lanes/gates total meters (approx)5310985

Note: bus gates are shown as actual on road distance but the effect is to give a bus lane over a much longer length of road in the shadow beyond the gate.

Therefore;

  • St Marys Butts bus gate gives in effect 125m of northbound bus lane
  • Friar Street West bus gate gives in effect 250m of eastbound bus lane
  • Forbury bus gate gives in effect 150m of southbound bus lane
  • Minster St bus gate gives in effect 250m of westbound bus lane