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Bus service improvement plan

As part of the National Bus Strategy, Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) were required to publish a bus service improvement plan (BSIP).

A BSIP sets out a high level vision for bus services in an area such as Derbyshire, the important actions needed to provide it, and how these will achieve the goal of increasing bus use.

We have been working with a variety of stakeholders to develop our BSIP including:

  • bus companies who provide services in Derbyshire
  • community transport operators
  • bus passenger user groups
  • borough and district councils across Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park Authority
  • special interest groups including the local access forum

We also undertook a survey asking members of the public and other stakeholders what improvements they would like to see to bus services in Derbyshire which attracted over 2,000 responses.

We have now published our BSIP which sets out our ambitious proposals for improving bus services in Derbyshire including:

  • measures to improve bus service reliability and journey times
  • improvements to bus service information including an increase in the number of roadside electronic Real Time Information signs at bus stops
  • measures to improve integration between different bus services and between bus and rail including the development of transport hubs at important locations to help bring services together
  • the introduction of new ticketing arrangements to make bus travel more affordable
  • better roadside shelters and stops
  • improvements in the frequency and hours of operation of important bus services
  • an expansion in the number of areas where Demand Responsive Transport services are available
  • the introduction of more environmentally friendly buses

Our BSIP is available to read.

For further information, please email: or write to:

Public Transport Unit
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

The National Bus Strategy document is also available.

Enhanced partnership plan and scheme

Following the successful submission of the bus service improvement plan (BSIP) to the Department for Transport, we've created an enhanced partnership. This means we will work more closely with local bus operators to improve services.

There are 2 elements of the enhanced partnership which must now be agreed and consulted upon:

  • the enhanced partnership plan - sets out a summarised version of the BSIP, providing the context for the proposed local bus service improvements
  • the enhanced partnership scheme - sets out in more detail how the plan objectives will be achieved through an agreed set of actions

Read the full draft of the enhanced partnership plan.

Together the plan and scheme will form the legally binding agreement between ourselves and local bus operators. The provision of our BSIP proposals are subject to the required funding being made available by the Department for Transport.