New plan for public transport for Derbyshire

Post Reply
Posts: 172
Joined: Thu 19 Aug 4:36 pm
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

New plan for public transport for Derbyshire

Post by lauraoneill »

Derbyshire County Council will ask the government for up to £105m for improvements to local bus services across the county.

Earlier this year the government published a new National Bus Strategy which sets out a framework for how bus services can recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and a vision for future improvements across England.

The strategy placed a requirement on the council and bus companies in the area to work together to create a Bus Service Improvement Plan. Working with bus operators, district and borough councils, bus passenger groups, disability groups and other special interest organisations a consultation was held over the summer months, which asked the public what they wanted to see to improve bus services.
  • More than 2,000 people responded to the consultation, with those responding wanting:
  • bus services to more areas
  • more reliable and frequent services
  • more affordable fares
  • better information on services including more electronic roadside Real Time Information signs at bus stops

Acrange of initiatives will be submitted to the government in the new plan. These include
  • improvement in the frequency and hours of operation of key bus routes and the introduction of more demand-responsive transport services
  • a major upgrade in the quality of the roadside bus stop infrastructure, including a large increase in the number of Real-Time Information signs
  • the introduction of more joined-up ticketing arrangements and better value options particularly for young people.
Cabinet member for highways assets and transport, Cllr Kewal Singh Athwal, said:

“This is an ambitious plan and if we get the government funding, then we could make major changes to bus travel in the county.

“In asking for this investment we have a chance to do something really positive and make bus travel a much more attractive proposition for many more people.

“It also fits in with our climate change agenda to enable more people to use public transport rather than using their cars.

“I’m hopeful that the government will look on our plans favourably and award us the money so we can make bus travel a much better option for many more people in Derbyshire.”

The bid will be submitted to the government by the end of October and it will ask for between £95m and £105m over a five-year period from 2022-23.

Photo Credit - Pixabay

Post Reply