New research for Greener Journeys shows that bus priority measures offer significant benefit to local businesses, communities and the environment



Every pound spent on local bus infrastructure can generate up to £7 of benefits, according to new research from Greener Journeys.

New research for the campaign group by independent analysts at KPMG found that 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 economy.

New research by Peter White, professor emeritus of public transport systems at the University of Westminster, for Greener Journeys meanwhile 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 £11bn 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 society and the economy.

The roadmap was launched this week in London at an event attended by transport minister Andrew Jones. The research is the highlight of the week-long ‘Bus Priority Works’ campaign, which is backed by an unprecedented coalition of national transport groups that includes Greener Journeys, Transport for London, Campaign for Better Transport, Confederation of Passenger Transport, PTEG, and Bus
Users UK.

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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