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Bus quality partnerships, modal shift and traffic decongestion

Davison, L and Knowles, RD 2006, 'Bus quality partnerships, modal shift and traffic decongestion' , Journal of Transport Geography, 14 (3) , pp. 177-194.

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Abstract

A more sustainable transport system requires effective alternatives to private cars. Despite more than 40 years of declining use, buses are still the main form of local public transport outside central London. Government policy focuses upon Bus Quality Partnerships—agreements between highway authorities and bus operators to give bus priority access and invest in better quality buses—to reverse this decline and also attract car drivers to change modes and ease urban traffic congestion. This paper assesses the potential for Quality Partnerships to provide a more attractive bus service with the ability to achieve modal shift using a Greater Manchester case study. Preliminary results are presented from a comparative study of two Quality Bus Corridors (QBCs), one arterial route into Manchester’s Central Business District and one transverse from Leigh to Bolton. The research uses bus user interview surveys and in-depth interviews, which focus upon non-bus users. Results of this research show that Bus Quality Partnerships when introduced as a stand-alone policy struggle to achieve significant modal shift and traffic decongestion. Most bus passengers and car users remain unaware of Bus Quality Partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Transport Geography
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0966-6923
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 12:17
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/652

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