Flexible community transport

OCC Enchanced Partnership

In the news, readers may have read about the Oxfordshire County Council formalising its Enhanced Partnership agreement. We thought readers may like to understand where FLM stands on this.

An Enhanced Partnership Agreement has been signed between Oxfordshire County Council and the main commercial bus operators. This is designed to enable them to work together to provide better bus services across the county. As a small section 22 operator First and Last Mile is not a signatory to the agreement. However, the work of smaller operators is included in the Agreement.  The intention of the agreement is that all bus services and passengers will see a benefit.

The Agreement should lead to better bus stops on premium routes, with more roadside information and easier ticketing arrangements including through ticketing. Along with the Enhanced Partnership, a Passenger Charter has also been designed to improve best practice. Importantly transport hubs will be developed so that small rural connecting services like First & Last Mile will feed smoothly into the premium route network.
Over time passengers should start to see tangible improvements and for our part, First & Last Mile will continue to innovate new ways to provide the communities & passengers we serve with the best bus services possible.
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