Local Transport Act: new powers for supporting 'more coherent planning and delivery of local transport'

The Government is committed to ensuring that the UK is well equipped to meet not only today's transport challenges, but also those of ten or twenty years' time. The Local Transport Act is a key part of the Government's strategy to meet this commitment, empowering local authorities to take appropriate steps to meet local transport needs in the light of local circumstances.

A copy of the final version of the Act can be found on the Office of Public Sector website.
The Act will:

  • Give local authorities the right mix of powers to improve the quality of local bus services, as proposed in Putting Passengers First last December following an extensive bus policy review;
  • Allow for the creation of an influential new bus passenger champion to represent the interests of bus passengers;
  • Give local authorities the power to review and propose their own arrangements for local transport governance to support more coherent planning and delivery of local transport;
  • Update existing legal powers so that, where local areas wish to develop proposals for local road pricing schemes, they have the freedom and flexibility to do so in a way that best meets local needs - whilst ensuring schemes are consistent and interoperable.

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