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Author Topic: Government unveils 50m plan to create first all-electric bus town  (Read 280 times)
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« on: February 06, 2020, 08:12:57 am »

From the BBC:

Buses: Government unveils 50m plan to create first all-electric bus town

England's first town to have all-electric buses will be created through a 50m fund, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

Local authorities can bid for money to help pay for a new fleet of electric buses.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said buses had "a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions".

Darren Shirley, head of the Campaign for Better Transport, called it a "good start" after years of cuts to services.

The DfT said that the winning town would be used as a model by government as it aims to ensure all buses are fully electric by 2025.

The announcement comes as part of a wider package of measures for buses.

About 70m will go towards high-frequency "Superbus" networks. One is already in place in Cornwall, where a mix of lower fares, more frequent services and lots of bus lanes has proven successful.

The government is also putting 20m towards trials of on-demand buses, which can be ordered through an app.

Those services are designed for rural or suburban areas where passenger demand doesn't justify having fixed routes permanently in place.

An Uber-style bus service already operates in Liverpool and Oxford.

'Bringing down emissions'
The transport secretary said: "With 200 electric buses able to offset 3,700 diesel cars, it is clear they have a crucial role to play in bringing down emissions."

Mr Shapps added: "This 170m package will help us to create communities which are cleaner, easier to get around and more environmentally friendly, speeding up journeys and making them more reliable."

About 30m of funding will go to English local authorities outside of London in 2020, to help them improve or restore bus services that have been cut.

Over the last decade, council funding for buses in England has fallen by more than 40%. That figure excludes the capital, which has bucked the trend.

The Campaign for Better Transport's chief executive, Darren Shirley, told the BBC that the proposals were a "good start".

He said: "For years, we've seen services cut and reduced, with commuters unable to get to work or to see their families.

"To reinstate some bus services and introduce zero emissions buses for one town is a good start for this government."

A 2019 study by the campaign group found that more than 3,000 local bus routes had been lost or reduced over the previous decade.

It also called for discounted fares for concessions such as students and elderly people.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2020, 06:19:09 pm »

'One is already in place in Cornwall, where a mix of lower fares, more frequent services and lots of bus lanes has proven successful'.

I do not think this has happened in Cornwall yet so I do not know how it has proven successful?
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 04:27:00 pm »

Lower fares (on some routes - my query) I believe will come into play in May 2020.
Not sure if it's some routes only, or across the network.
Electric bus? Yes, a demonstrator, but not seen it for a while now.  It could be 'up north (Cornwall)', if so perhaps Richard could elaborate.
The park and ride at Truro would benefit from electric vehicles as their mileage isn't great.
Rumour is having it that First will take the Mercs off P&R and replace with 9 new deckers.  Many morning and evening services are full capacity.
Ideally a 5 minute service during rush hours would be ideal but the Council can't afford to buy more, or staff the extra ones anyway.

Personal opinion only.  Writings not representative of any union, collective, management or employer. (Think that absolves me...........)
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