Details are given of the measures carried out to help alleviate traffic congestion problems in Basildon new town by improving the public transport system. A public transport working group comprising all the relevant authorities and the bus company was set up to identify aims and requirements. Some of the problems identified were unreliability, indirect routeing, complex fare structures and lack of service information. Amongst the measures taken were: the provision of an adequate service between each neighborhood and its district centre and the town centre; the introduction of a travel card with fare simplification; house to house distribution of promotional material, public transport maps and fares and timetable information. The new routes proved to be a success and emphasis is given to the success played by the large scale public information exercise. Amongst the conclusions reached are that the success of any scheme to improve public transport cannot necessarily be measured in terms of number of car owners persuaded to use public transport, but rather must be measured in terms of the numbers who are persuaded to make better use of the services and are thus dissuaded from acquiring their own car.

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    Royal Town Planning Institute

    26 Portland Place
    London W1N 4BE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Brown, C
  • Publication Date: 1980-3-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 42-44
  • Serial:
    • Planner
    • Volume: 66
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Royal Town Planning Institute
    • ISSN: 0309-1384

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322086
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1982 12:00AM