Improving the county’s bus services

Gloucestershire County Council Press Release – 16 December 2021

Gloucestershire County Council wants residents to have their say on the future of bus services in the county.

Earlier this year the government published its National Bus Strategy ‘Bus Back Better’. This sets out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England, through ambitious and far-reaching reform of how services are planned and delivered.

Within this strategy, Gloucestershire County Council, as the Local Transport Authority, has recently published its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). This sets out the council’s strategic vision for bus services in the county.

The BSIP covers bus times and frequency; bus priority; zero emission buses; fares and tickets; passenger experience; and information and branding.

The council is now working on a partnership with bus operators in the county to set out how they will deliver the improvement plan.

Residents across the county can help shape this and have their say on the future of Gloucestershire’s bus services by taking part in a survey.

The council also welcomes feedback from organisations, with the survey allowing respondents to indicate if they are representing an organisation.

Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member responsible for public transport, said: “Giving people accessible, high quality options for sustainable transport will help us reach our carbon reduction targets. Well run bus services are a key component in delivering sustainable transport choices for all residents, ensuring access to education, employment and training.

“We want to hear the views of the many residents for whom buses are a vital means of transportation, as well as from those who use it less frequently. I encourage residents to get involved with the consultation, let us know their thoughts, and help shape the future of Gloucestershire’s bus services.”

The survey closes on 30 January, 2022, and is available at https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/bus-service-improvement-plan-survey

All published documentation in relation to the BSIP is available on the GCC website at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/BSIP.