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Enhanced partnership plan and scheme proposal

Transport Act 2000 S138F(1)(d)

Blackpool Council Local Transport Authority 

Notice that Blackpool Council Local Transport Authority propose to make an Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

On 3 May 2022 Blackpool Council gave approval to proceed with the consultation and development of an Enhanced Partnership. The commencement of this was confirmed through the Notice of Intention to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Scheme, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

The Enhanced Partnership is an agreement between Blackpool Council and the bus operating companies providing services in Blackpool made under section 138 of the Transport Act 2000 (as amended).

The Enhanced Partnership document has two sections:

  • Enhanced Partnership Plan – is a summary of the Bus Service Improvement Plan outlining the challenges, objectives, targets and outlines the bus service and infrastructure enhancements to achieve the ambition, subject to funding;
  • Enhanced Partnership Scheme – describes the Enhanced Partnership governance arrangements and the outputs in terms of requirements to be met by operators, and the facilities and measures to be provided by local authorities.

The Enhanced Partnership will be responsible for directing available funding from central government and elsewhere to deliver improvements to bus services and infrastructure in Lancashire to help achieve the ambition, objectives and targets in our Bus Service Improvement Plan.

Operators of Qualifying Local Services were notified on 20 June 2022 of the draft Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme

By S138F(5)(a) and (b) the Local Transport Authority may not make the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme if, within the period for objection a sufficient number of Operators of Qualifying Local Services in the area to which the Plan relates object to either the Plan and/or the Scheme.

The period for objection expired on 18 July 2022.

No admissible objections having been received, take notice that Blackpool Council Local Transport Authority now propose to make the Plan and Scheme.

A copy of the Plan and Scheme may be inspected at Customer First, Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1NF, please telephone 01253 477477 to make an appointment to view the documents.

16 August 2022