The Impact of Congestion on Bus Passengers

“In this study David rightly highlights the crisis which has developed in bus service reliability across the UK, and suggests a new and urgent need to make our buses quicker and more reliable to make our cities work better. The air quality effects of congestion are getting much airtime just now – the economic effects are as obvious but left unsaid for the most part. This study seeks to put that right.” – Sir Peter Hendy CBE

Professor David Begg is a former chairman of the Government’s Commission for Integrated Transport and was the chairman of the Transport Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council when the radical Greenways bus priority measures were introduced in the 1990s. He has been a board member of First Group, Transport for Greater Manchester and Transport for London. He is currently owner and proprietor of Transport Times, Chairman of EAMS, a non-executive director of Heathrow Airport and Chairman of the Greener Journeys Advisory Board. He is a visiting professor at Plymouth University.

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Kevin watson

As a worker in the transport industry I have been saying this for years ,two tongues governments saying they want the public to use busses but not taking any interest to get the real issues adressed

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Joel Cooney

The claim of a 25% reduction in road capacity in central due to the CSHs appears to be unsupported. Will a suitable reference be supplied for this extraordinary claim?

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Michael Challis

A well written, timely and most importantly convincing report. It articulates what I have been observing over the past few years as a London bus user. Congestion is massively reducing overall public transport capacity and quality and hugely increasing it’s cost. The end point of this scenario is frightening. Gridlock, air quality increasingly dangerous, non-car owners immobilised and public transport bankrupt. Congestion is emerging as the silent killer of our bus services and it needs to be addressed. As well as bus priority we need another push against pointless car journeys the drive to school in London being one of the most egregious. And where was the opposition against blanket 20mph speed limits ? Surely these should have been better targeted. I hope this report jolts some decision makers and politicians into action.

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