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Bus Services: Franchises

Department for Transport written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Bus Services Act 2017 provides mayoral combined authorities with automatic access to franchising powers.

Other local authorities may franchise bus services with the consent of the Secretary of State. Guidance on what the Secretary of State will consider in deciding whether to franchise is available on the gov.uk website.

We have no plans to change those arrangements at present.

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