Thank you for your email to Jon Hayes dated 23 May 2023 regarding the re-regulation and franchising of bus services.
Transport for West Midlands is undertaking a full franchising assessment in line with the process set out in the relevant legislation. This will assess whether the region's bus policies can be more effectively delivered through a franchising system and consider the costs and risks associated with this as well as value for money.
Ultimately, legislation requires that the decision on whether or not to franchise is taken by the Mayor following a consideration of all of the evidence. This is planned to be presented to the West Midlands Combined Authority Board for consideration in the summer 2024.
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