Reviews of subsidised bus services, our bus tender awards and strategies on the public bus services.
builds upon our past success of enabling and encouraging a growth in bus use.
It describes how we create the conditions in which commercial bus services can thrive, whilst ensuring that subsidised services are provided where necessary to supplement the commercial network, which best meet local needs and provide best value for money.
Information strategy for bus services
The Transport Act 2000 gave local authorities powers to determine the type of information about local bus services which should be available, and how it should be made available. Our first Information Strategy came into force in January 2003, and has since been updated in line with our Local Transport Plan.
We work closely with operators to ensure that good information is provided for all services and that the requirements of the strategy are met.
- Information strategy for bus services - main report (pdf format, 149 KB) 
- Annex 1 (pdf format, 47 KB) 
- Annex 2 (pdf format, 388 KB) 
You can download a copy above, or purchase a copy by contacting the Public Transport Development Officer .
Bus tender awards
In accordance with the Transport Act 1985, we make the results of our bus tender awards available to the public. Recent awards are available to download below:
- May 2015 (pdf format, 164Kb) 
- June 2014 (pdf format, 225Kb) 
- November 2013 (pdf format, 187Kb) 
- June 2013 (pdf format, 298Kb) 
- November 2012 (pdf format, 176Kb) 
If you require copies of older awards please contact us .
Quality bus partnerships
Ensuring that we work with local bus companies to offer the best possible bus services.
What are quality bus partnerships for?
Under the Transport Act 2000 and Local Transport Act 2008, such partnerships can be arranged to ensure that our role as the provider of high quality infrastructure, and the bus operators' role of providing high quality bus services, is combined in the most effective way possible to achieve this goal, without the need for public subsidy for bus services.
We share a common goal with bus operators of increasing the number of passengers, improving public transport punctuality and minimising the environmental impact of bus services.
Quality bus partnership agreement in Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council has worked in partnership with bus operators for many years. There have been regular partnership meetings at a senior level for over 15 years, and two previous quality partnership agreements, in 1998 and 2006 respectively.