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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on bus transport. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    01.11.2016The Northern Powerhouse
    This briefing paper provides a general overview of the UK Government's plans for a 'Northern Powerhouse'. It explains the origins of the Northern Powerhouse concept, the policy and funding commitments set out by Government, the implications for changes in governance and a look at the future in light of the policies of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
    26.07.2016Transport in Scotland
    This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament and those which are devolved to Scotland, including most recently by the Scotland Act 2016.
    25.07.2016Transport in Wales
    This paper gives an overview of those transport areas that are reserved to the UK Parliament; those which are devolved to Wales and proposals by the Silk Commission and in the Wales Bill to devolve further powers.
    13.06.2016Wales Bill 2016-17
    Briefing paper for the second reading of the Wales Bill 2016-17.
    14.04.2016Access to transport for disabled people
    This paper explains the legislative frameworks that apply to public transport passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility.
    18.01.2016Public Transport Fares
    This paper looks at trends in rail and bus fares over the past 20 years.
    15.07.2015Concessionary bus fares
    This note explains the legislation covering concessionary bus fares in England. It briefly summarises the positions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    02.06.2015Transport: passenger rights, compensation and complaints
    This briefing paper provides information on passenger rights, compensation and how to make a complaint across four forms of transport: rail, bus and coach, air and sea (ferries and cruise ships).
    14.05.2015Transport 2015
    This paper provides an overview of the transport commitments given by the main political parties in the run up to the 2015 General Election; a broad summary of transport trends over the course of the 2010 Parliament; and looks at some of the possible transport 'hot spots' post-2015, specifically devolution; local bus services; cycling provision; rail franchising; and airport expansion.
    04.12.2013Buses: grants and subsidies
    This note summarises the different types of government financial support for bus services in England, including Bus Service Operators' Grant, the Green Bus Fund and the Better Bus Areas Fund.

    Lords Library Notes

    01.06.2016Bus Services Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
    This Lords Library briefing provides an overview of the Bus Services Bill and reaction to it, background to its introduction and a summary of the Bill's clauses.
    12.05.2016Queen's Speech 2016 Day 4: Economic Affairs, Energy, Environment, Local Government and Transport
    The House of Lords is due to debate the Queen's Speech over four days between 19 and 25 May 2016. This briefing is one of four prepared by the House of Lords Library to cover the themes of each day of debate.


    05.06.2015Trends in Transport
    Transport is a key driver of economic growth. It links people to their workplaces and connects businesses. It also affects health, the environment and societal wellbeing. This POSTnote looks at why transport is changing, outlines current trends across and within transport sectors and considers the planning of transport networks.
    08.08.2014Big and Open Data in Transport
    This POSTnote examines key factors affecting the growth of big data in transport and current and future applications, focusing on road and public transport. It also explores challenges to opening up, collecting, disseminating and using big data, and to sharing data whilst protecting users' privacy.
    25.03.2013Accessing Public Transport
    This POSTnote looks at the current barriers to and future opportunities for improving the accessibility of the public transport system.

    Select Committee Reports

    03.05.2011Transport and the economy.
    Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
    15.02.2011Transport and the economy.
    Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
    02.02.2010Transport in the south west.
    South West Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House welcomes the decision by the Welsh Assembly Government to honour its pledge to retain the coach concessionary travel scheme for journeys that begin in Wales; acknowledges ...
    23.06.2011LOCAL BUS SERVICES
    That this House recognises that two thirds of public transport journeys are made by bus; believes that buses play a vital role in society, linking people to work, education, shops and ...
    That this House supports the Leeds-based campaign, Fair Fares For All, which has been set up in response to recent ticket price increases, poor reliability and service on some routes ...
    That this House is concerned about the decision by Centro and National Express West Midlands to withdraw bus route 639 from Wednesbury to Walsall via Darlaston and Manor Hospital in ...
    That this House recognises the importance of local bus services in tackling congestion in urban areas, in contributing to carbon reduction and in providing a lifeline service in rural ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses