Guidance on bus transport in urban developments

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Professional transport body releases guidance to urban planners and transport developers on creating an improved environment for public road transport.

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) is launching its “Buses in Urban Developments” guidance at an event in London. This guidance builds on CIHT’s existing body of “Streets and Transport in the Urban Environment” guidelines in addressing how bus services can be placed at the heart of development planning and urban transport.

Designed to inform professionals involved in urban policymaking, master planning, development management and transport planning, this 50-page guideline supports the Bus Services Act 2017 by providing practical advice on measures that local authorities can put in place to support the provision of bus services. This CIHT guidance is aligned with the objectives of the Bus Services Act 2017 in creating a simpler and cost-effective route to franchising.

Andreas Markides, President, CIHT said: “Buses play a vital part in providing accessibility for everyone and, through their efficient use of space, in supporting the viability of high quality urban places. For buses to play their full role, urban developments must be designed specifically to encourage their use. This involves bringing together the planning of land uses, the access routes to bus stops and the bus infrastructure. Showing how this can be done is the unique contribution of the guidance.”

Through “Buses in Urban Developments” CIHT highlights the following points :

* Further recognition that high quality buses services should be integral in the urban fabric. This requires a coordinated approach to support this, starting from the governing spatial plan to the development management regime and local transport policies.

* Industry has an opportunity to learn from examples where bus operators and developers have worked effectively in partnership with local authorities to ensure good bus services across the UK.

* A need for recognition that high quality bus services are an essential part of an integrated approach to sustainable urban transport. By designing developments that support buses, the potential of urban developments can be more fully realised.

* Evidence shows that high quality bus services attract high levels of use. This leads to a win-win situation with improved urban environments promoting economic success.

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