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Bringing partners together to improve transport across the region

The Combined Authority is bringing partners together to improve transport across the region, to provide sustainable, long-term solutions to help people move around the region more easily, reducing congestion and improving the environment we live in.

As part of this long-term vision, on 1 April 2020 the Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils combined resources so the delivery of some operational transport functions is now carried out directly by the West of England Combined Authority.

Working together in this way means we can achieve more to address our challenges as a region, planning public transport across council boundaries.

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What we do


We help to make journeys in the West of England as simple as possible.

WEST provides journey planning and live updates, as well as information on public transport fares, routes and timetables and support for walking and cycling.

What we do


We manage the metrobus contract and provide service information.

metrobus is a modern public transport system for the greater Bristol area, adopting ‘buy before you board‘ ticketing and limited stopping at key destinations for faster boarding and shorter journey times.

Bus information includes information that goes on metrobus ipoints and bus stops
What we do

Bus service information

Providing bus timetable information at bus stops and data to journey planners and apps, including real-time predictions.

Supported by West of England Combined Authority
What we do

Community transport

Funding, advice and support for on-demand local transport services, such as dial-a-ride, community buses and voluntary car schemes.

What we do

Supported bus services

Procuring and managing bus contracts supported with public money where the service is not commercially viable. We call these supported bus services.

What we do

Concessionary Travelcards

Administering a service providing free off-peak bus passes for older people and people with qualifying disabilities.

Bus Registrations

We are the Bus Registrations Authority for the West of England

On Monday 1 May 2023, the Traffic Commissioner’s Office delegated bus service registration powers for services within the West of England Enhanced Partnership area to the West of England Combined Authority.

This means that for local bus services that operate wholly within the West of England Area (i.e. Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) the West of England Combined Authority is now the Bus Services Registration Authority.