Buses deserve priority
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How can major roads be made better for buses? That's the question that Highways England asked us, and it's an important one.
Our road network isn't just for cars and lorries - it needs to work for cyclists and pedestrians, for nearby communities and for the environment, and, crucially, for buses. A fully loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road!
Highways England manages the strategic road network of motorways and major trunk roads, including some used by important bus routes. They don't control the bus services but can have a big impact on issues from how safe it is to cross the road at bus stops, to how traffic information is shared with bus operators. So when Highways England asked us to look at how major roads could be made better for buses, we jumped at the chance.
Together with Transport Focus we've been looking at bus facilities on the M32 near Bristol and the A27 in East Sussex, including visiting bus stops, bus bays and villages along the routes. Our findings will be applicable much more widely, however. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your views. Many people particularly wanted to see:
- The introduction and enforcement of bus priority measures (such as bus lanes) to beat congestion and deliver a reliable service
- Bus stops that are in the right place and well-maintained, with safe access and crossing points
- Traffic information shared with bus operators, so that live travel information can be displayed at bus stops and park and ride services
Our findings are now with Highways England, and we hope to see improvements for bus users in the near future.