Kent Bus Service Improvement Plan

In March 2021, the government published a new National Bus Strategy which set out a framework for recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and a vision for future bus service improvements across the UK.

The national strategy placed a requirement on all Local Transport Authorities and Bus Operators to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), which will act as the vision for how we are going to try to improve bus services in Kent in the next few years.

Close discussions with bus operators and other parties and feedback from the public has been used to develop Kent’s BSIP and create an Enhanced Partnership (EP) that covers the whole of Kent. The EP is the method by which the elements of the BSIP, we have funding for, can be delivered. The EP is comprised of three EP Schemes, one for East Kent, West Kent and Kent Thameside.

Our first version of the Bus Service Improvement Plan and finalised (made) Enhanced Partnership Notice and Schemes are available from the Documents section on this webpage.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has indicated that we are likely to receive £35.1 million towards our Bus Service Improvement Plan. This funding comes with a set of requirements and cannot be put towards existing services. In the coming months we will be working with DfT to secure this funding and understand how it can be spent.

In March 2021, the government published a new National Bus Strategy which set out a framework for recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and a vision for future bus service improvements across the UK.

The national strategy placed a requirement on all Local Transport Authorities and Bus Operators to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), which will act as the vision for how we are going to try to improve bus services in Kent in the next few years.

Close discussions with bus operators and other parties and feedback from the public has been used to develop Kent’s BSIP and create an Enhanced Partnership (EP) that covers the whole of Kent. The EP is the method by which the elements of the BSIP, we have funding for, can be delivered. The EP is comprised of three EP Schemes, one for East Kent, West Kent and Kent Thameside.

Our first version of the Bus Service Improvement Plan and finalised (made) Enhanced Partnership Notice and Schemes are available from the Documents section on this webpage.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has indicated that we are likely to receive £35.1 million towards our Bus Service Improvement Plan. This funding comes with a set of requirements and cannot be put towards existing services. In the coming months we will be working with DfT to secure this funding and understand how it can be spent.