Implementing the bus provisions of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019

Closed 6 Oct 2021

Opened 14 Jul 2021


Bus Services are an economic and social cornerstone for Scotland. The sector accounts for three quarters of all public transport journeys and is set to play an increasingly important role in achieving a just transition to net zero by 2045. However, bus patronage in Scotland (and the UK) has been declining since the 1960s with the trend continuing through and beyond the privatisation of the sector following deregulation in 1985.

Set against this backdrop, the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 develops and refines the regulatory landscape with a suite of options designed to halt the decline in patronage and improve bus services.

The purpose of this consultation paper is to help us design the implementation framework set out by the bus provisions contained within the 2019 Act, which covers partnership working, local services franchising, powers for local transport authorities to run their own buses and improvements to information. 

The consultation contains questions on:

  • Local Authority run services (questions 1 - 2)
  • Bus Service Improvement Partnerships (questions 3 - 19)
  • Local Services Franchises (questions 20 - 25)
  • Information relating to services (questions 26 - 34)
  • Impact assessments (questions 35 - 36)

Why your views matter

The responses to this consultation will help shape the regulations and supporting guidance for implementing the new bus provisions in Part 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019. This will ensure that regulations and guidance are fit for purpose and are able to be utilised effectively by local transport authorities to support the resurgence of a vibrant public transport network that Scotland deserves.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

After the consultation has closed, we will analyse all of the responses received and use your feedback to help inform our considerations and development of the regulations and supporting guidance on the implementation of the whole package of bus provisions within the 2019 Act.


  • Transport