Moving Forward - New Opportunities, New Passengers

Published: 20-11-2007

Bus passenger numbers in the UK’s major urban areas could rise by more than 11% under a package of improvements to services delivered by operators and transport authorities, according to a new report published today by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.

Bus passenger numbers in the UK’s major urban areas could rise by more than 11 per cent under a package of improvements to services delivered by operators and transport authorities, according to a new report published today by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK.

Moving Forward - New Opportunities, New Passengers reveals the potential for 129 million new bus passenger journeys a year, resulting in nearly 17 million fewer car journeys a year and an annual CO2 emission reduction of 27,500 tonnes - the volume of damaging emissions from 100,000 cars driving from Land's End to John O'Groats.

The report gives overwhelming evidence that significant improvements can be achieved through a partnership approach rather than organisations working in isolation.  It reveals that by increasing the frequency of buses, decreasing bus journey times through reduced congestion, improving service punctuality and reliability and improving passenger waiting areas will increase passengers by:  

 - 12.4 per cent in Greater Manchester 
   
 - 13.2 per cent in Merseyside  
  
 - 9 per cent in South Yorkshire 
   
 - 12 per cent in Tyne and Wear    

 - 13.3 per cent in West Midlands  
  
 - 10.5 per cent in West Yorkshire

Simon Posner, Chief Executive, Confederation of Passenger Transport said: “A successful, attractive and high quality bus service can have a measurable impact on an individual’s life.  This report illustrates what can be achieved through successful partnerships between bus companies and local authorities. We must replicate these successes across the country if we are to provide an efficient and economical transport option and lessen the burden on our roads and the environment.

“Punctual, reliable and frequent services continue to be passengers’ top priorities. In our major towns and cities, however, congestion continues to be the major factor keeping people in their cars.  The report identifies that as well as densely populated areas with lower than average car ownership, areas of high car ownership and increased levels of congestion have the most potential for greater bus use.

“Bus operators and local authorities are most successful when they play to their strengths.  Operators have an entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in product development, pricing and marketing and local authorities have skills in management of their public assets and infrastructure.  When these are combined, our bus services succeed in putting passengers first, meeting the aspirations of the Local Transport Bill, which was introduced in Parliament last week.

“There are fantastic opportunities for bus growth but what is clear is that there isn’t a one size fits all solution. There needs to be an understanding of each unique regional circumstance, careful planning and closer working between partners to deliver change.”

The report, Moving Forward – New Opportunities, New Passengers can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment below.

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