Evolving the role of Transport for Edinburgh

Members of the Council's Transport and Environment Committee will be asked to approve future governance and working arrangements for Transport for Edinburgh (TfE) at their meeting on 30 August 2016.

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TfE was set up in October 2013 as the parent company for Lothian Buses and Edinburgh Trams. It is an Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO), wholly owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The report recommends that a Service Level Agreement is now developed, in line with Audit Scotland guidance, setting out working and funding arrangements between the Council and TfE.

It also seeks members' approval for TfE to develop commercial business plans for a number of specific functions, for example Edinburgh Bus Station, Park and Ride sites and City Operations (including CCTV and traffic and travel information), integrated ticketing, communications and marketing. TfE would also be instructed to consider options to procure a bike hire scheme for Edinburgh, to be run at no or minimal cost to the Council. 

Transport Convener Councillor Lesley Hinds said: "Transport for Edinburgh has the potential, if properly empowered, to develop and deliver certain key functions on the Council's behalf at a reduced cost to the public purse and to further progress our vision of a truly integrated public transport system for the Capital. Robust governance and scrutiny provision will of course be embedded in the new arrangements to ensure democratic accountability."

TfE Chief Executive George Lowder said: "Transport for Edinburgh is ideally placed to support the Council in delivering its transport goals for the Capital and we look forward to maintaining and enhancing our strong working relationship through a new Service Level Agreement."

Financial arrangements for TfE operating costs are to be reported to a future meeting of the Finance & Resources Committee. 

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