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Prior to the launch of the original version of this site in 2009 a series of position statements were agreed between CPT and pteg (the predecessor to the Urban Transport Group). The original introductory text and the position statements themselves are set out below.

The Local Transport Act 2008 has significantly enhanced the scope for more far-reaching, comprehensive and effective voluntary partnerships to improve local bus services. Key obstacles and stumbling blocks have been swept away – for example competition rules have been significantly relaxed.

To help local transport authorities and local operators deliver on the Act’s potential, CPT and UTG have agreed a series of joint position statements which provide a framework in which local transport authority bus planners and local bus operators can negotiate local partnership arrangements.

The statements mean that instead of each local agreement having to be negotiated from first principles (with all the delay, legal advice and referrals upwards this can entail) local bus operators and local transport authorities can use the statements as the foundations for building robust and locally relevant voluntary partnerships.

It’s important to stress that the statements do not limit the options for local transport authorities in using the full range of powers in the Act, nor should the statements be seen as limiting the scope of local voluntary agreements if both parties want to go further. Instead the purpose of the statements is to set out what UTG and CPT have agreed (on behalf of all their members) can be included in a voluntary partnership arrangement – from both a legal and a wider policy perspective.

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1 - Ticketing and fares

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on ticketing and fares.

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2 - Vehicle specification/Driver training standards

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on accessibility, emissions standards, route number and destination displays, CCTV, communications systems, ticket machines, real-time information/vehicle location, g

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3 - Branding

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on branding.

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4 - Marketing and customer relationships

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on marketing and customer relationships.

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5 - Data sharing, punctuality and monitoring

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on data sharing, performance monitoring and research.

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6 - Network approach

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on network design.

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7 - Infrastructure investment and maintenance

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on the development, management and monitoring of highways infrastructure and street furniture.

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8 - Improving bus journey times and enforcement

This statement sets out shared principles for what a partnership agreement could contain on marketing and customer relationships.

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