A ‘bus revolution’ is on the way after the Department for Transport (DfT) set out a major package of measures to boost services.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced a package of investment worth £220 million in the first year, which will ultimately deliver low-fare, high frequency ‘Superbus’ networks, an all-electric bus town – a first for Britain – better information for passengers and contactless payment opportunities on every city bus.
This bus revolution investment will, according to the DfT, see the reversal of previous cuts to services, creating ‘express lanes’ for buses in the West Midlands and elsewhere.
The countryside will benefit too, with investment for more frequent public transport, with these services also introduced in areas that have seen conventional bus services dwindle.
As part of its plans to deliver a bus revolution, the government will commit to the first ever long term bus strategy and funding settlement, supporting local authorities looking to create London-style franchised services.
Elsewhere, Superbus networks will have low fares, resulting in more bus priority measures to speed up journeys and make them much more reliable – these will be introduced across Cornwall.
More of these Superbus networks will be rolled out next year.
The government has made no secret of its plans to reduce emissions and, as a result, toxic air that fills our streets; to that end, the plans for Britain’s first all-electric bus town will help these plans.
This will see an entire place’s city buses changed to wireless electric vehicles; country buses will be hybrids – the overall result of all of this will be a dramatic reduction not only in pollution, but also operating costs.
The DfT has confirmed that plans for the location of this town are still be being discussed by all interested stakeholders, and the local authorities and operators will be confirmed at a later date.