New bus strategy could mean fewer routes but the buses would run more often

new bus strategy could mean fewer routes but the buses would run more often - New bus strategy could mean fewer routes but the buses would run more often

A new bus strategy for the region could see fewer routes in operation, but the buses running more often.

The public is invited to have its say on the West of England bus strategy, which aims to double the number of bus trips in the city by 2036 by creating better, faster and more reliable services.

Under the strategy, a redesigned bus network would see several main routes radiating out from the centre and a series of orbital routes linking them together.

The “interchange network” model would open up more destinations but would require some people to walk further to catch a bus and to catch more than one bus into the centre.

And, to run reliably, the bus network would also require cars to have less road space so that more can be allocated to buses.

The idea is to reduce the number of “core urban routes” into Bristol and Bath city centres, but the buses on them could run every five to six minutes.

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Commercial operators would use these “very high frequency” routes to subsidise the lower frequency orbital services linking them.

The strategy then says that “well-designed neighbourhood bus interchanges would then provide safe and easy-to-use transfer locations for journeys which require the use of more than one bus”.

Most interchanges would be accommodated on existing roads, by moving bus stops closer together, providing good walking routes between them and better signing and information.

The strategy says they would be located at “peripheral shopping centres, Park & Ride sites, and other major public destination points”.

The authority is also looking at making services cross-city rather than having them stop in the city centre, but the strategy says this would be reliant on new bus lanes.

The West of England Combined Authority has said more detail on the schemes and delivery will be released later this year.

A consultation on the strategy will run from now until Sunday, March 15.

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West of England mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “Getting the West of England moving has been one of my key objectives since I became Mayor, and the Combined Authority is leading work to make that ambition a reality.

 “I want us to double the number of people catching the bus in the West of England by 2036. “To do that, we need the services and infrastructure to make the bus a real, practical alternative for people, and that’s what the bus strategy sets out to achieve.

“We’ve already seen through metrobus that if you create a reliable and high quality service, people are willing to leave their cars at home, so I want to build on that success.

Weca is working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils to deliver the strategy

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