National Bus Strategy: The industry responds

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High-frequency services on major trunk routes can work, but care must be taken not to create over-bussing at outer extremes. JONATHAN WELCH

In last week’s News pages we reported the unveiling of the Government’s National Bus Strategy (NBS), and in the days which followed voices from across the sector gave their thoughts on its content and vision. A selection of those follows, to give a flavour of how the report was received by the wider industry.

The TAS Partnership
Passenger transport consultancy The TAS Partnership (TAS) welcomed the publication of the long-awaited Strategy with a brief analysis of its key points: “We especially welcome the commitment to long-term funding, the largest sum of new bus funding in a generation, both to support the recovery of the public transport sector and thereafter, to facilitate the various improvements required to create patronage growth, including the provision of bus priority,” it said. “Bus priority is essential to allow services to be enhanced in a viable and attractive manner; for years we have seen congestion stretch journey times and consume vital resources, leading to a reduction in service provision and thus a decline in patronage.

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