This paper is concerned with the planning of city-centre bus terminals for urban services. The factors which affect the decision to develop a bus terminal are discussed, and the importance of precise location in the heart of the city centre is stressed, related as this is to high land costs, the availability of suitable land and the constraints of the surrounding road network. Peripheral locations are shown to result in disbenefits in terms of increased bus operating costs. The major issues which influence the design of a terminal once the decision to proceed has been taken are reviewed, related to arrangements for segregating bus and passengers within the terminal, bus manoeuvring, type of bus stand and the separation of boarding, alighting and storage stands. Reference is made to recent bus terminals in Britain - Bradford, Huddersfield, Northampton, Preston and Manchester. Alternative configurations associated with the preliminary design of a major bus terminal in central Dublin and associated statistical data are illustrated and discussed. It is suggested that in the case of city centre locations, there would appear to be substantial merit in seeking to integrate into the design some other development appropriate to the needs of the city centre which can help defray land acquisition costs likely to be involved. (TRRL)

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
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  • Authors:
    • Steer, J K
  • Publication Date: 1979-8-9

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  • Accession Number: 00310384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1982 12:00AM