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 Better Bus Area Designation & Application

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Better Bus Area Designation & Application

In October 2013, the Liverpool City Region was designated as a Better Bus Area (BBA). The BBA is a new way of supporting the bus market by using funding currently channelled through the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG).

In the BBA, the BSOG currently paid to the bus operators for commercial services will be gradually reduced. Instead the Local Transport Authority will receive a yearly grant equivalent to commercial BSOG which has been devolved plus a top up grant which is  equivalent to 20% of the total commercial BSOG that would otherwise be paid to the operators within the designated BBA.

The BBA grant is designed to enable the Local Transport Authority to carry out projects identified in its BBA application to improve bus services.
The Liverpool City Region Better Bus Area lies at the heart of the wider Merseyside sub region primarily comprising the district of Knowsley alongside parts of Liverpool, Halton and StHelens.
The area is characterised by a number of principal residential areas and key centres of
employment including Runcorn, Widnes, Kirkby, Huyton, St Helens town centre and Speke. It encapsulates some of the most significant areas of deprivation in the City Region as well as principal industrial and development areas including the Mersey Gateway and 3MG.
To read the Liverpool City Region Better Bus Area application, click the link below.
To ensure that our BBA meets the outcomes set out in the application, we have developed an Outcomes Monitoring Plan  which sets out  how we will monitor the longer term outcomes associated with BBA delivery.  In addition we have to develop an annual Outcomes Monitoring Report which is submitted to the Department for Transport. The first report has been produced and submitted and sets a baseline against which the BBA will be measured to determine how successful delivery of the BBA has been. The second BBA Annual Outcomes Report covering the period 2016-17 has now been completed and is available at the link below:  
Copies of the BBA Outcome Monitoring Plan, the Outcomes Monitoring Baseline Report and the BBA Outcomes Report for 2015-16 are available at the links below: