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Transport (Scotland) Act 2019

Variation and revocation of partnership plans and schemes – inserted sections 3H and 3I and Parts 2 and 3 of inserted schedule A1

140.Sections 3H and 3I set out the situations where a local transport authority may undertake a process to vary or revoke a partnership plan or a scheme.(7)

141.A partnership scheme may only be varied under section 3H where the local transport authority are satisfied that the scheme, as varied, will contribute to the implementation of the policies that are in the partnership plan itself and the relevant general policies of the local transport authority. In a situation where there are two or more local transport authorities working together, each must be satisfied that the variation will contribute to the implementation of their own relevant general policies.

142.In addition, the local transport authority have to be satisfied that the scheme as varied will either bring benefits to users of the services by improving the quality or effectiveness of the services or otherwise reduce or limit traffic congestion, noise or air pollution.

143.The variation of schemes specifically allows for new local transport authorities to join an existing partnership plan. This may be where services operate across the areas of the authorities or if the authorities wish to promote consistency across a region. In those circumstances the new authority (the prospective authority) must also be satisfied that the scheme as varied will contribute to the implementation of the policies of the partnership plan they are joining and their relevant general policies and bring benefits to service users or reduce or limit traffic congestion etc. in the same way as they would if they were making a plan. This replicates the situation that would arise if the prospective authority were proposing a new partnership plan for their area.

144.Part 2 of schedule A1 sets out the procedure for varying a partnership plan or scheme under section 3H. This follows a similar approach to that for making a partnership plan or a scheme in the first place with notices being given, operators having an opportunity to object to the variation or revocation and a confirmatory notice being given at the end. As with making a scheme, it is possible for an authority to postpone the coming into operation of a variation or a part of a variation for up to 12 months, or for such different period as may be specified in regulations made by the Scottish Ministers.

145.Subsection 3I provides that a partnership plan or a scheme may be revoked where the local transport authority consider it appropriate to do so. Where a partnership plan is revoked, the scheme or schemes that are in place to implement it must also be revoked. Similarly, if all the schemes relating to a partnership plan are to be revoked, the partnership plan itself must also be revoked.

146.Part 3 of schedule A1 sets out the procedure for revoking partnership plans and schemes. There are fewer steps to this procedure (in that there is no need to prepare the revocation or modify the proposals) but operators still have an opportunity to object to the revocation. If a sufficient number object, the partnership plan and schemes may not be revoked.


It is also possible to vary or revoke a partnership scheme where the scheme itself provides for that. See section 3B(10) and the further explanation elsewhere in the document.

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