CPT News Release: Case for bus priority goes up a gear

Published: 08-07-2014

CPT, pteg, TfL, Greener Journeys and CBT have today launched Bus Priority Works, 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.  

CPT’s Chief Executive Simon Posner said:    
“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. “ 

pteg Director, Jonathan Bray, added: 

“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.”  

He continued, “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.”    

Finally, “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, 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.”  

ENDS    

NOTES TO EDITORS  

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.    

For more detailed information or comment, please contact Christopher Nice or Pauline Gaunt on 020 7240 3131 or 07798 765473.
    
The brochure can be downloaded from the link below with hard copies available on request from CPT, email: admin@cpt-uk.org or telephone 020 7240 3131.  

For radio interviews CPT has an ISDN line, 020 7379 6469.

Bus Priority Works brochure (pdf) 

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