Every £1 spent on local bus infrastructure delivers up to £7 of benefits to users, non-users and the wider economy, says report
New research for Greener Journeys by independent analysts at KPMG found that carefully planned bus priority measures, such as bus lanes, busway schemes and better interchange systems to speed up journeys, when implemented in the correct places and properly enforced, deliver significant local benefits such as cutting pollution and journey times.
By evaluating existing schemes across the UK, the study found that every £1 spent on local bus infrastructure delivered between £4.67 and £6.94 of benefits to users, non-users and the wider economy:
Every £1 spent introducing bus lanes and improving access and journey satisfaction for passengers can deliver up to £7 of economic benefits for all
Bus priority measures can deliver up to 75% fewer emissions per passenger per km
Greener Journeys launches new research that calls on the Government to issue guidance on how bus infrastructure can promote local economic growth, and to help local decision makers make effective investment in transport schemes
Every pound spent on local bus infrastructure can generate up to £7 of benefits for local businesses, communities and the environment.
New research by Peter White, Professor Emeritus of Public Transport Systems at the University of Westminster, for Greener Journeys also found that effective bus priority measures can deliver up to 75% fewer emissions per passenger per km. Bus journeys are made shorter and more reliable, encouraging more people to leave their car at home. This has a corresponding reduction in congestion, which costs the UK economy at least £11 billion per year.
The findings are brought together in Greener Journeys’ Roadmap to Growth, a new framework which outlines the ways in which local decision makers and Government can maximise the contribution of buses to our society and economy. As responsibility is being devolved locally, the framework calls for the provision of enhanced and consistent guidance to local decision makers on the evaluation of transport schemes. It also calls on the Government to sponsor evaluations of large and complex schemes and undertake evaluations of local bus schemes so that lessons are learnt and best practice shared.
A Roadmap to Growth will be launched at a dedicated event for local and national decision makers, where there will be a keynote speech from the Minister for Transport, Andrew Jones MP. Following this, there will be a panel discussion with Kevin O’Connor, Managing Director UK Bus, Arriva; Leon Daniels, Managing Director Surface Transport, Transport for London, and; Hilary Chipping, Head of Infrastructure, South East Midlands LEP.
The launch is the highlight of the wider Bus Priority Works campaign, a week-long campaign calling for the wider adoption of simple traffic measures which could cut pollution and journey times. The campaign brings together an unprecedented coalition of national transport groups, including Greener Journeys, Transport for London, Campaign for Better Transport, Confederation of Passenger Transport, pteg, and Bus Users UK.