Sunday, 25 March 2012

BBA Winners

Further to the announcement about the Better Bus Area (BBA) awards, giving local authority grants of up to £5 million per area, to boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers, full details are listed below

East Midlands Better Bus Area (BBA) winners


Derby has been awarded £2,176,000 to implement a package of measures to (1) improve the reliability and punctuality of bus services (priority measures); (2) enhance the quality of passenger facilities, information provision and vehicles; (3) support joint operator ticketing to make it easier and cheaper to travel (initially through disposable smartcard day tickets); (4) encourage behaviour change through marketing and promotional activities. For further information, go to http://www.derby.gov.uk/media/derbycitycouncil/contentassets/documents/temporary/DerbyCityCouncil-Better-by-Bus-Feb2012.pdf

Leicestershire will receive £2,562,100 to address significant congestion on the A426 into Leicester. Includes, bus lanes, bus gates, bus lane enforcement, bus lane review, junction improvements, targeted marketing personalised travel plans, bus information strategy, smart ticketing, work grants and bus stop improvements. For further information, go to http://www.leics.gov.uk/bbaf_bid.pdf

Nottingham can expect £4,908,000 to spend on ten corridors in Nottingham aiming to bring them up to 'tram' standard. This will be done by extending the existing Statutory Bus Quality Partnership. The bid looks to make bus travel more reliable and
attractive as well as improve the perception of safety through a package of measures such as bus priority, installation of shelters, bus stop lighting, CCTV, real time displays and promotion. For further information, go to http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7602


East of England Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

Bedford has been awarded £218,170 for smart ticketing provision for small operators, enabling multi-operator ticketing, traffic priority measures and real time information displays within the urban area of Bedford. For further information , go to http://www.bedford.gov.uk/transport_and_streets/public_transport.aspx.

Cambridgeshire will receive £1,724.000 to improve accessibility, bus journey times on key bus routes in Cambridgeshire. The changes will include new traffic management on four corridors into the city, bus priority, upgraded buses, improved interchanges (including with Guided Busway), smart ticketing top-up on street and real time passenger information. For further information, go to http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/1BA212D3-E038-47C5-9E0A-50E2BDBE3AB7/0/CambridgeshireBBAFproposalFINAL.pdf.

Norfolk can expect £2,583,300 for the implementation of bus priority measures. These include the Bus Rapid Transit corridor delivery, development of transport hubs, enhancement to bus operations, new ticketing schemes and smarter choices initiatives. For further information, go to http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Travel_and_transport/Travel_choices/Buses/index.htm.

Southend will receive £1,577,000 for the introduction of a borough-wide Smartcard, better interchanges/bus stops, improving local congestion/air quality and increased sustainability and management. For further information, go to http://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200130/better_southend/1348/better_southend-better_bus_area_bba_fund_application/1.


North East Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

Tyne and Wear have been awarded £4,972,000 to pay for 19 display boards (Intelligent Transport Systems) across key bus corridors throughout six congestion hotspots and at three bus interchanges. There will also be conversion of a road to allow two-way bus traffic, interchange and bus stop improvements including CCTV, new shelters and raised kerbs.

For further information on the project go to http://www.twita.gov.uk/what-we-do/working-together.


North West Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

Blackpool has been awarded £1,073,000 to regenerate Blackpool Town Centre. The improvements include: a contra-flow bus lane, upgraded bus shelters to improve accessibility and real time information and improvements to bus stops. For further information, go to https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/5E5E6858-64C0-4440-BDB6-6C3AF4C4A5EA/0/BlackpoolpartnershipBBAFapplicationformfinal.pdf

Greater Manchester will receive £4,207,000 to improve bus journey times, reliability and punctuality. This will mean better transport interchanges and improved routes to support job opportunities at Trafford Park and Salford Quays. For further information, go to http://www.tfgm.com/ltp3/BBAF.cfm

Merseyside can expect £4,999,000 to transform and develop local bus infrastructure, real time and mobile information provision so passengers can check bus times. For further information, go to http://www.letstravelwise.org/files/1854919113_BBAF%20app%20form%20vFinal%20240212.pdf


South East Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

Brighton and Hove has been awarded £3,480,000 to upgrade services and bus stop infrastructure on the Lewes Road corridor to Susses University (£2.8m, of which £1.24m local contribution), new bus priorities on Eastern Road corridor from the Royal Sussex County Hospital (£1.4m, of which £0.6m local contribution), and in the city centre, Valley Gardens (£1.6m, of which £0.5m is local contribution). For further information, go to http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1146323.

Hampshire will receive £4,477,200 to implement a package of eleven separate measures. These include bus refurbishment, a Wi-Fi enabled fleet, next stop displays and bus priority infrastructure - designed to tackle known barriers to bus travel and raise the customer experience. For further information, go to http://www3.hants.gov.uk/tfsh/tfsh-meetings-reports-publications.htm.

Milton Keynes can expect £2,230,000 to focus on the four main employment bus corridors. This will improve connections between where people live and where people work. The bid consists of 6 elements: update and develop RTPI; smart ticketing;
service improvements; smarter choices; interchange; and way-finding/access for all. Each element designed to address different barriers to increased bus use, particularly for work-based travel, e.g. level of service, ease of use, availability of information and increased awareness of services. For further information, go to http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/transport/.

Bracknell has been awarded £300,000 to expand Real Time Passenger Information (RTI) across borough-wide. The project intends to build on investment begun by the operators to realise the benefits within a shorter timescale, and link bus RTI with other real time transport information at a single web location enabling informed travel choices. For further information, go to http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/env-pt-buses.htm.

Slough will receive £1,415,000 to address punctuality and reliability issues on Route 78 running between the main Slough urban area and Heathrow Airport. The proposed package of interventions comprises: signals upgrades at 14 junctions to give bus priority; introduction of bus lanes on the approach to three junctions, abolition of seven bus stop lay-bys and selective highway widening. For further information, go to http://www.slough.gov.uk/services/23994.aspx.


South West Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

Bournemouth has been awarded £2,434,000 to improve the bus network in South East Dorset. This will be used to improve infrastructure to promote a safer and higher quality transport experience for passengers by upgrading bus shelters, installing solar powered information display boards and LED lighting on buses. For further information go to http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/StreetsTransport/TransportPolicyGreenTravel/TransportPolicyGreenTravel.aspx.

Bristol will receive £4,986,000 to improve bus routes on the A38 Filton Road by replacing bus shelters and installing real-time passenger information. The A420 at Kingswood will see traffic signals updated, bus stops replaced and new real-time information boards. Bus passengers who use the A4 from
Bristol to Bath will see real-time display boards, Wi-Fi in 230 buses and traffic enforcement measures. For further information, go to http://travelplus.org.uk/public-transport/bus/better-bus-area-fund.

Torbay can expect £514,700 for real-time information (RTI) display boards for bus passengers around the Torbay area as well as creating three traffic control centres and upgrading four busy road junctions to include bus priority. The RTI proposal involves upgrading all bus stops to allow for GPS tracking, along with RTI screens at three main bus stations. For further information, go to www.torbay.gov.uk/bba.

Wiltshire will receive £394,320 to implement a package of measures to tackle specific challenges in the county. A new park and ride service will be developed to help provide sustainable access to an employment site and tackle congestion. Other measures include improving the bus offer in Salisbury and replacing fluorescent lighting in buses with low carbon emission LED lighting. For further information go to http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/bbaf120221iw-application-form.pdf.


Better Bus Area (BBA) winners in the West Midlands

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

West Midlands has been awarded £5,000,000 for bus station and improvement services to Merry Hill Shopping Centre and Waterfront Business Park. Highway measures to segregate buses, new bus stops, bus information, smart ticketing, smartcard roll-out and new accessible Euro 5 buses.

For further information, go to http://www.centro.org.uk/bus/services.aspx


Yorkshire and Humberside Better Bus Area (BBA) winners

BBA local authority grants of up to £5 million will boost growth, cut carbon emissions, improve partnerships with bus companies and increase bus numbers.

West Yorkshire has been awarded £4,975,000 to boost, expand and accelerate ‘smart ticketing in the region. It includes smartcard ticketing in York as an optional component. This will maximise the potential of bus services and increase patronage. For further information, go to http://www.wymetro.com/NR/rdonlyres/CD036606-FF9D-4624-A584-6E22BAAF7143/0/WYITAMetroBBAFFinal24Feb2012.pdf.

South Yorkshire will receive £4,908,000 to provide quicker, faster and smoother bus services in South Yorkshire. The project pulls together a number of measures designed both to ameliorate existing congestion and to facilitate planned future growth in the four major South Yorkshire metropolitan areas (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley). The proposal includes three main elements: Smart Ticketing, various infrastructure projects and better traffic management through the use automated management tools. For further information, go to http://www.sypte.co.uk/uploadedFiles/Corporate/Projects_and_awards/Bid_documents/Better%20Bus%20Bid%20Feb%2012.pdf.

York can expect £2,925,000 to improve reliability, punctuality in the city centre and initiate travel behaviour change. These include a programme of bus priority scheme, smart ticketing, bus stop/shelter refurbishment, improved bus service information, the
creation of five bus interchanges, traffic enforcement, and a comprehensive marketing and promotion campaign. For further information, go to http://www.york.gov.uk/transport/Public_transport/buses/Better_Bus_Area_Fund/.

Source DFT Website

David Gambles


 Details of the buses involved in the Green Bus Funding Awards will follow tomorrow

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