Bus Services (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Ken Skates AM, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

About the Bill

The Bill includes Provision for:

The policy objective of the Bill is to provide local authorities with an improved range of tools to use when planning and delivering local bus services within their area, and to improve the availability of information on bus services.

The Bill seeks to amend the legislative framework relating to the planning and delivery of local bus services. Specifically it makes provision for the creation of Welsh Partnership Schemes (WPS), Welsh Franchising Schemes (WFS), and for local authorities to run their own bus services. Local authorities would be able to use any or all of these options to improve bus services within their area.

Welsh Partnership Schemes bring together operators and local authorities to plan and implement a series of agreed measures and improvements in certain areas. This could include co-ordination on timetables, better information and ticketing, higher quality vehicles, and the local authority providing facilities and taking measures such as better waiting areas and enforced bus lanes. Bus operators not involved in the WPS could not use the improved facilities or use stopping places in areas with measures in place in the WPS area. Welsh Partnership Schemes may involve cross-border bus services. In these cases, a Welsh local authority and an English local authority must make a WPS jointly.

Welsh Franchising Schemes would allow local authorities to award the exclusive right to operators though contracts to run bus services in the franchise area. Local authorities would be able to decide how many franchise contracts they wanted to let in their area.

The provisions in the Bill to allow local authorities to run their own bus services by removing restrictions on this in current legislation. This will allow local authorities, working on their own or jointly, to directly run bus services in their areas. These services could be managed in-house or via an arms-length company.

The Bill also seeks to introduce a requirement on bus operators to share two types of data with two audiences. The Bill allows (by regulations) the Welsh Ministers to require operators to provide data about local bus services (‘open data’) which could be used to give the public access to more consistent, reliable and up-to-date information on bus services. The Bill also seeks to give local authorities the power to request information, including fare, revenue and passenger data, from bus operators on routes they have proposed to alter or withdraw.

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

Current Stage

The Bill is currently at Stage 1. An explanation of the various stages of Assembly Bills is available in the Guide to the Stages of Public Bills and Acts.

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.

Stage

Documents

 

Bill introduced:

16 March

2020

 

 

Bus Services (Wales) Bill, as introduced

 

Explanatory Memorandum

 

Presiding Officer’s Statement:

 

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill:

 

Bus Services (Wales) Bill - Statement of Policy Intent

 

Bilingual Glossary:

 

 

Stage 1:

Committee considerations of general principles

 

 

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 consideration on

 

Committee dates

The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

 

Date and

Agenda

Purpose of

Meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

Consideration of Approach to Stage 1 Scrutiny (Private)

Private

Private

 

 

 

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales

 

 

 

 

Oral evidence session

 

 

 

 

Oral evidence session

 

 

Oral evidence session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and

Agenda

Purpose of

Meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

Details to follow

 

 

 

 

 

The Finance Committee will consider the Bill on the following dates:

 

Date and

Agenda

Purpose of

Meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

 

Details to follow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 1: Debate in Plenary on general principles

 

This Stage has not yet been reached

 

Financial Resolution

In accordance with Standing Order 26.68 the Presiding Officer has indicated that a financial resolution is required for this Bill. Further information about financial resolutions is available in section 3 of the Guide to the scrutiny stages for Public Bills.

Stage 2:

Committee

consideration of amendments

 

 

This Stage has not yet been reached

Stage 3: Plenary consideration of

amendments

 

This Stage has not yet been reached

Stage 4: Passing

of the Bill in

Plenary

 

This Stage has not yet been reached

Post-stage 4

This Stage has not yet been reached

 

Contact information

Clerk: Robert Donovan

Phone: 0300 200 6565

 

Postal address:

National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff         CF99 1NA

 

Email: SeneddEIS@Assembly.Wales

 

 

Business type: Legislation

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 16/03/2020

Decision due: Meeting Date by Business Committee, Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee, Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

Background papers

 

 

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