The Bus Services Bill – what are your views? (LEEDS)
10th March 2017
Ward Hadaway's expert Local Transport Team will discuss the local transport reforms provided for in the Bus Services Bill, and in doing so help inform your response to the most important consultative exercise in the local transport sector for many years - submission deadline 21st March.
The Department for Transport has recently launched the most important consultative exercise in the local transport sector for many years. Government is focused on improving bus services for passengers and, to achieve this, is prepared to allow transport authorities greater intervention powers in local and regional bus markets.
Join us at this morning roundtable briefing on 10th March, led by members of our experienced transport team with expertise in bus statutory and voluntary schemes, ticketing projects, employment, pensions and competition. With no DfT briefings happening outside of London before the consultation deadline, we will look at the legal and practical aspects of the proposals as the details now emerge through consultation documents.
The programme for discussion will help you understand how partnering opportunities can be taken forward and the practical issues that are emerging around the proposed franchising model. With the session we will:
- Review briefly, the bill’s progress to date and what the Commons Transport Committee thinks of the proposed reforms.
- Examine how Quality Partnership Schemes will change – what enhancements will be practicable and affordable?
- Consider how DfT has addressed the Competition and Markets Authority concerns.
- Question whether the Transport Authority toolkit will be complete and discuss whether little known powers to compulsorily purchase transport assets may be relevant.
- Consider how the draft Accessible Information Regulations will work in practice.
- Examine whether Franchising can succeed where Quality Contracts failed – are all the risks understood yet?
- Consider what the key messages for employers to give to Unions and their employees at this time?
Who should attend?
This roundtable is specifically tailored for all who are going to be affected by this legislation, particularly transport bodies and operators. We aim to help inform your responses to the consultation exercise – with responses required imminently by 21st March 2017.
During the session, you will have the opportunity to raise questions with each speaker as well as to discuss the topics at hand with your peers.
The event will be held at our new Wellington Place offices in Leeds – less than 10 minutes’ walk from Leeds Rail Station and Park and Ride drop off points.
8.30am – Registration and refreshments
9.00am – Presentations
12.00pm – Networking and close
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