Councils given more freedom over bus services

Under reforms in the Buses Bill, councils will be given more freedom to improve services and make bus travel more passenger friendly.

The changes will see councils presented with the choice to franchise services and enter into new partnerships with providers, and agree minimum standards for services, improving reliability and punctuality.

It is hoped that such changes will lead to standard ticketing rules which could pave the way for widespread Oyster-style schemes, which, alongside bus franchising powers, are like those used in London.

Roads Minister Andrew Jones said: “Good bus services can help communities thrive and grow and we want to make journeys better so everyone has the choice to leave their car at home.

“Passengers want to see Oyster-style ticketing, better information on fares before they travel and live updates about when their bus is going to arrive at their stop.”