There are six main metropolitan areas outside London which have Passenger Transport Executives (PTE). There is also Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) which was formed by bringing together Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Executive and the WESTRANS voluntary partnership.
London has Transport for London which implements the Mayor of London's transport strategy and manages transport services across the capital.
The responsibilities of PTEs
Passenger transport authorities are responsible for setting out transport policy and public transport expenditure plans in their regions. These are implemented by PTEs. PTEs have the power to secure passenger rail services in their areas, contracting with the local franchised passenger train operators to provide additional services.
PTEs also do the following:
- produce the strategies for the development of local public transport networks;
- manage and plan local rail services (in partnership with the DfT);
- plan and fund socially necessary bus routes;
- work in partnership with private operators to improve bus services - for example through bus priority schemes;
- run concessionary travel schemes - including those for older, disabled and young people;
- invest in local public transport networks - including new rail and bus stations;
- develop and promote new public transport schemes - like light rail and guided bus networks;
- provide impartial and comprehensive public transport information services - including by phone and internet; and
- manage and maintain bus interchanges, bus stops and shelters.