Enhanced Partnerships

An Enhanced Partnership is an agreement between us and the local bus operators in the area which sets out how they will work together to deliver the objectives of the National Bus Strategy and Bus Service Improvement Plan.

We developed a plan for the county to run the partnership as three schemes: East Kent, West Kent and Kent Thameside. These three schemes all include input from Kent County Council, district councils and bus operators in the areas.

By using these schemes the council has more control over the bus network and has the ability to set standards for issues such as customer service, vehicles and emissions. For example, the Dover and Folkestone and Hythe districts have to deal with a lot of traffic that is generated by commuters crossing the channel, while areas such as Dartford and Gravesham encounter complex situations with the bus services and travel links due to how close they are to London.

This allows for a much more targeted approach on local bus issues faced by individual towns and villages.

Enhanced Partnerships documents