The West of England Combined Authority became the Transport Authority for the region when it was set up in 2017, taking responsibility for some operational public transport functions as well as strategic transport policy and planning. Until now the delivery of these functions has largely remained with our constituent councils.
On 1 April 2020, our councils combined public transport resources and the delivery of these functions are now carried out directly by WECA. Working together in this way means we can achieve more to address our challenges as a region, planning public transport across council boundaries.
Staff from the three councils have transferred to WECA to form a new combined team and are responsible for public transport across the region, including delivering the following:
- Concessionary travel – administering a service providing free off-peak bus passes for older people and people with qualifying disabilities.
- Bus service information – providing bus timetable information at bus stops and data to journey planners and apps, including real-time predictions.
- Community transport – funding, advice and support for on-demand local transport services, such as dial-a-ride, community buses and voluntary car schemes.
- Supported bus services –procuring and managing bus contracts supported with public money where the service is not commercially viable.
- metrobus – managing the metrobus partnership with the operator and providing service information to iPoints.
- Travelwest– managing the Travelwest website, including travel information. You can visit the site via this link https://travelwest.info/.
On 25 June 2021, the West of England Joint Committee agreed to develop an Enhanced Partnership between the transport authorities, highway authorities and bus operators. This would be a legal agreement to work together to improve local bus services and all partners will make commitments as part of their contribution.
It forms part of the work being done jointly by the West of England Combined Authority and North Somerset Council in response to the National Bus Strategy. By the end of October 2021, a Bus Service Improvement Plan will be produced with bus operators and submitted to Government as part of a bid for a share of £3 billion to improve buses.
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