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Transport for Wales to seek £500k legal and regulatory support on bus industry

Transport for Wales is to procure the provision of expert legal and regulatory support and advice on matters relating to the bus industry.

The contract, which is worth an estimated £500,000, will see providers:

(a) advise on options for bus service review and change within the current legal and regulatory context and existing powers in Wales with regard to the transport acts;

(b) advise on changes to the bus industry in Wales including options regarding the introduction of bus franchising and the implications of such changes;

(c) advise on matters relating to structural reform of the bus industry in Wales;

(d) provide input and comment regarding the development of outline and full business cases for bus service review in Wales;

(e) assess the feasibility of proposed changes to the operation of the bus industry in Wales including the commercial and market implications of such changes and

(f) provide ongoing legal and regulatory advice to the TfW and Welsh Government on any matters that may arise concerning the bus industry in Wales.

TfW said the legal and regulatory advisors would need to have the following experience:

(a) an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment of the bus industry;

(b) significant experience of working with the bus market to effect change;

(c) significant experience of advising statutory bodies on the impacts of existing legislation and regulation on the current industry environment and

(d) significant experience of advising statutory bodies on how new legislation and regulation could be implemented to effect change in the bus industry.

The appointment will initially be for three years, but may (at the appointer's option) be extended for a further two years, up to a total of five years.

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