Case for bus priority goes up a gear

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Bus to Walton in bus lane

- Alliance gets behind new promotional brochure -

pteg, CPT, TfL, Greener Journeys and CBT have come together to jointly promote a new brochure setting out the case for bus priority schemes in a non-technical and compelling way.

Each of the organisations is making copies of the brochure available to their members and staff so that it can be used to help persuade local decision makers about how well planned bus priority measures works for business, shops, communities and growth.

pteg Director, Jonathan Bray, said:

'Bus priority schemes can be hard to put in place and, sometimes, hard to keep in place, due to misconceptions about their impacts. This new brochure shows that well planned bus priority schemes are about far more than just speeding up buses. They are also about easing congestion for all road users, revitalising high streets, and improving the ability of bus services to get people into work and education.'

'The report also addresses head on some of the myths about bus priority schemes - and through a series of case studies shows just how effective bus priority schemes can be in turning around fading high streets.' 

Jonathan Bray added: 

'I am pleased too with the broad alliance behind this brochure. It reflects a general recognition that both local transport authorities and operators needed to do better in bringing together the evidence base for bus priority and then articulate it in a way that local decision makers might respond to. Alongside KPMG's recent research for Greener Journeys on the economic benefits of bus priority, this brochure means that the industry, local transport authorities and pro-public transport groups should now be better placed to make the case for bus priority schemes.'

CPT’s Chief Executive Simon Posner said:

‘Buses play a vital role in providing large numbers of people with access to work, education, local amenities and leisure activities.  For many they are simply a lifeline. Well thought out and properly enforced bus priority measures - such as bus lanes, bus gates and priority at traffic lights and junctions -  lead to more reliable and punctual bus services and , in some cases, quicker journey times. These combined effects help to provide a realistic and attractive alternative to the car, which in turn helps ease congestion and improve local air quality.’

Notes for editors

The report can be downloaded below. Hard copies are available on request from CPT (for bus operators) and pteg (for Local Transport Authorities via Saila Acton on saila.acton@pteg.net).

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