These partnerships could draw on the private sector's entrepreneurial spirit and the public sector's ability to manage infrastructure, the CPT maintained.
Increasing bus speeds by ten per cent across one-tenth of the network and improving frequency, punctuality and waiting environments could see passenger numbers rise by up to 13.3 per cent in some areas, it added.
Passenger Transport Executive Group assistant director Jonathan Bray insisted that the body will continue to invest heavily in voluntary partnerships.
The draft local transport bill was introduced into parliament last week. It proposes clarifying the rules for statutory partnerships and quality contracts between councils and bus operators.
In its response to consultation on the bill, the CPT said the government should prioritise partnerships rather than introduce legislation.
Moving Forward is available at www.PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.