Push to promote bus priorities

Push to promote bus priorities Push to promote bus priorities
To encourage local authorities to support bus priorities, five organisations have pooled resources to produce Bus Priority Works, a brochure setting out the benefits priorities can bring. The organisations are CPT, the Campaign for Better Transport, Greener Journeys, the Passenger Transport Executive Group and Transport For London.

PTEG director Jonathan Bray says: “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.”

And CPT chief executive Simon Posner adds: “Buses play a vital role in enabling large numbers of people to access 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 gateways and rights of way at 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.“