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How could the bus strategy benefit North East Lincolnshire?

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Jorge Da Silva

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4 Apr 2018
Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire
So the bus strategy was a major bit of welcomed news and some good stuff in it as well. Here it is if anyone wants to see it: https://assets.publishing.service.g...-Better-national-bus-strategy-for-England.pdf

This is what I got from it:
  • More frequent services
  • Faster services
  • Enhanced Public Partnership or franchising from April 2022 working with MCA and LTA
  • Demand responsive transport in rural areas where demand is low; integrated with the main bus network
  • Increase use of Demand responsive networks with bookings via app
  • More bus lanes
  • More reliable services
  • Cheaper services
  • Ban on sale of New diesel buses; end date to be confirmed
  • All local transport authorise to publish a local bus improvement plan by October 2021
  • More comprehensive system
  • Easier to understand for passengers
  • Easier to use
  • Common tickets
  • Multi-model tickets
  • Multi-operator tickets
  • Passes and daily/weekly fare caps
  • Better to ride in
  • Integration with other modes
  • Traffic signal priority;
  • Bus gates, which allow buses to enter a road that prohibits access to other traffic; and;
  • Clear and consistent signage.
  • Greener
  • Accessible and inclusive in design
  • Innovative
  • Seen as safe mode
  • Six monthly progress reports on targets made in local plan
  • Plans must demonstrate how buses will integrated with other modes
  • Must take cycling into account
  • Must compliment other forms of transport not compete
  • Be developed by LTAs in collaboration with local bus operators, community transport bodies and local businesses, services and people.
  • Cover the LTA’s full area, all local bus services within it, and the differing needs of any parts of that area (e.g. urban and rural elements).
  • Focus on delivering the bus network that LTAs (in consultation with operators) want to see, including how to address the underprovision and overprovision of bus services and buses integrating with other modes.
  • Set out how they will achieve the objectives in this strategy, including growing bus use, and include a detailed plan for delivery.
  • Be updated annually and reflected in the authority’s Local Transport Plan.
  • Influence the share of the £3bn of transformation funding each LTA receives.
  • Set targets for journey times and reliability improvements (for the LTA as a whole and in each of the largest cities and towns in its area) – to be reported against publicly at least every six months.
  • Identify where bus priority measures are needed, including consideration of Bus Rapid Transit routes to transform key corridors and how traffic management can be improved to benefit buses.
  • Set out pressures on the road network, air quality issues and carbon reduction targets which improved bus services could address, and set out actions working with operators to transform the local bus fleet to zero emission.
  • Drive improvements for passengers by:
  • Setting targets for passenger growth and customer satisfaction (to be reported against publicly at least every six months).
  • Setting out plans and costs for fares, ticketing and modal integration. Initially, we expect LTAs and bus operators to develop plans to enable multi-operator ticketing, where plans do not exist. Over time we will expect LTAs to work across transport modes towards enabling a multi-modal ticketing scheme.
  • Considering the impact of roadside infrastructure (e.g. bus stops and shelters) on passenger safety, security and accessibility.
  • Considering how a coherent and integrated network should serve schools, health, social care, employment and other services.
  • Taking into account the views of local people.
  • Committing to a Bus Passenger Charter (BPC) that sets out what passengers can expect from bus operators delivering local bus services across their area. BPC’s should include commitments on the accessibility of bus services
  • How current services meet or fall short of the expectations listed above. How the improvements needed will be delivered through the Enhanced Partnership/franchising schemes and the LTA’s and operators’ investment plans.
  • The financial support that the LTA is providing for subsidised public bus services, listing the numbers of routes and route mileage supported.
  • How traffic management and investment are used to prioritise buses. In Mayoral Combined Authorities (MCA) this will include the extent of the MCA’s role of over a Key Route Network and how that is used to prioritise bus services.
  • Bus Service Improvement Plans should also carefully consider network design – for example, whether local needs are best met through infrequent “branch” services of main routes which provide through journeys at the expense of frequency, or through high-frequency feeder routes connecting to the main line service instead, with through ticketing at no extra charge.
  • plans for bus lane on any roads where there is a frequent bus service, congestion, and physical space to install one. Bus lanes should be full-time and as continuous as possible. They should be part of a whole- corridor approach, including other physical measures
  • Bus Rapid Transit schemes
  • Superbus networks for “intermediate” areas – neither fully urbanised nor deeply rural: which: provides higher frequency, lower fare services; it can deliver the type of change we want to see.
  • More comprehensive ‘socially necessary’ services
  • Partnerships and franchising arrangements must deliver more comprehensive services, including those which are socially or economically necessary. This includes services to smaller and more isolated places, and more services in the evenings and at weekends.
  • LTAs to work with operators to set the daytime, evening and Sunday service levels that different communities need.
  • expect to see better services being provided to places of employment off existing main bus routes, such as out-of-town industrial estates and factories.
  • We will modernise the Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG)
  • review whether it remains right that local authorities cannot set up new bus companies
  • Future-proofing our regulatory framework for more flexible services
  • Simple fares
  • Contactless payment
  • better information screens
  • Service patterns must be integrated with other modes
  • Services must be simpler and easier to understand
  • Simple number systems
  • Networks must feel like a whole system which works together
  • We will promote buses, aiming to demystify them and improve their image

How could this benefit North East Lincolnshire
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