Warwickshire's Vision for Bus Travel - Consultation

Closes 1 Feb 2022

Opened 4 Jan 2022

Overview

Between July and September 2021 we asked stakeholders for their views on the improvements that need to be made to local bus services in Warwickshire. These helped to shape a Warwickshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which was published in November 2021.

The BSIP sets out desired improvements to the bus network in response to the National Bus Strategy which, subject to funding, will encourage more use of the bus.

To help deliver the vision for bus travel in Warwickshire, the Council and bus operators have jointly prepared an Enhanced Partnership (EP) Plan and Scheme. The EP Plan sets out the overall vision and objectives to improve bus services, and the EP Scheme gives details on the actions we plan to take.

Our objectives are to:

  • Provide more frequent buses.
  • Enable bus services to become faster and more reliable.
  • Offer ticketing solutions and fares which are cheaper for the user.
  • Provide a more comprehensive network.
  • Make the bus network easier to understand.
  • Make the bus network easier to use.
  • Provide a network which is better integrated.

The mechanism for delivering specific measures is through the EP Scheme, which is a legally binding commitment between WCC and bus operators. It is the first Scheme of this type and we expect further Schemes to follow later, subject to additional funding.  

The first Warwickshire EP Scheme includes the following measures: 

  • Implementing a Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service. 
  • Setting ground rules for information provision. 
  • Developing a marketing campaign to encourage people to use the bus network. 
  • Investigating how bus reliability can be improved through enforcing parking restrictions and greater partnership working. 
  • Repositioning the bus as a priority transport mode in new housing developments and utilising income from developers in the most appropriate way. 
  • Maintaining the bus network until a network review is undertaken. 
  • Implementing a bus passenger charter. 
  • Undertaking feasibility studies into schemes to encourage users to reduce private car use and increase their use of bus services, such as Red Routes, Workplace Parking Levy and Road User Charging. 

Flowchart overview of National Bus Strategy requirements for local transport authorities. Shows BSIP as high level vision and key measures, underpinned by the Enhanced Partnership, the EP Plan (Vision) and EP Scheme(s)

Why your views matter

This consultation is an opportunity to comment on the Enhanced Partnership Plan and the first Enhanced Partnership Scheme.

In particular, we want to understand whether you think that the Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme are appropriate and a good approach to achieving the vision outlined in the Bus Service Improvement Plan. 

To help you consider this, we have provided copies of the following information at the bottom of this webpage: 

  • Warwickshire Bus Service Improvement Plan
  • Warwickshire Enhanced Partnership Plan 
  • Warwickshire Enhanced Partnership Scheme 
  • Enhanced Partnership Plan and Scheme Equality Impact Assessment 
  • Public Information Document 

How to take part

  • Click on the link below to complete the consultation online.
  • If you would like a paper copy of the consultation or need it in an alternative format, please contact us by phone on 01926 412395 or email contactcommunitiesgrp@warwickshire.gov.uk
  • If you need an Easy Read version of the consultation, please also contact us by phone on 01926 412395 or email contactcommunitiesgrp@warwickshire.gov.uk

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