Issue details

Next Stages Towards Bus Reform in the Liverpool City Region

The Bus Services Act 2017 supports the bus related elements of the Liverpool City Region Devolution Agreement and sets out new options for local transport authorities in respect of bus services. New options include, to strengthen partnerships, introduce advanced ticketing schemes, enable sharing of prescribed information about bus services and, in the case of Mayoral Combined Authorities, such as Liverpool City Region – to franchise buses.

Where an authority is considering making a franchising scheme, it is required to prepare an assessment of the proposed scheme. The Combined Authority commenced an assessment in September 2018 (The Assessment).

A decision is required to further progress the Assessment and to progress the development of either:

(i) a franchising scheme, along with an independent audit of the franchising assessment, undertake a statutory consultation exercise and any other requirements (combined with the previous development of the Assessment), or

(ii) an Enhanced Partnership Scheme and associated Plans.

This decision meets the criteria for the issue of a Key Decision Notice because it would (i) result in the Combined Authority or the Mayor incurring significant expenditure and (ii) be significant in terms of its effects on persons living or working in an area comprising two or more wards or electoral divisions in the area of the Combined Authority.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial and Community Impact;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Local Authorities affected: (All Local Authorities);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/02/2023

Reason for urgency:

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Exception - In part
The report and some appendices will be in part 1, but due to the confidential, commercial nature of the paper, some of the supporting papers will be in part 2

Decision due: 3 Mar 2023 by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Lead member: Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, Portfolio Holder for Policy, Reform and Resources

Lead director: Executive Director - Place

Contact: Matt Goggins, Assistant Director: Bus Email: [email protected], Laura Needham Email: [email protected].

Consultation process

Consultation with stakeholders within Local Authorities as well as within the Combined Authority will be undertaken to inform the proposals submitted to the Combined Authority meeting.


LCRCA Executive Leaders and Merseytravel Directors
Constituent Local Authority Chief Executive Officers and Metro Mayor, Leaders and Mayors
LCR Growth Directors
LCR Finance Directors
LCR Transport Advisors (TAG)
Members of the LCR Transport Committee
Members of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Officers of the LCRCA Combined Authority


Agenda items


  • Next Stages Towards Bus reform in the Liverpool City Region