Access to pedestrianised shopping areas is generally better, world-wide, for private cars than for buses. Indeed, this study calculates that in 183 of the UK's 500 or so pedestrian shopping precincts only 13% can be said to have access by bus as good as, or better than, access by private car. This is difficult to understand when set against four statements. The first, by the Department of Transport in 1978, says "in shopping areas access to buses should be at least as convenient as to car parks". The second results from the West Midlands PTE study's finding that public transport users contributed 56% of the retail turnover in Birmingham city centre in 1978. The third concerns the low energy use and road occupancy per passenger-km of buses. The fourth is that the bus makes very moderate demands on city centre parking areas. This study shows ten examples of cities that have consciously made access by bus at least as good as by car. It concludes that much could be done to improve present conditions for bus users elsewhere, when they are wishing to reach and leave pedestrianised shopping areas. (Author/TRRL)

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    London Transport

    Griffith House, 280 Old Marylebone Road
    London NW1 5RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1981-3

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 54 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00345218
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0 85329 110 1
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1982 12:00AM