STEVENAGE SUPERBUS EXPERIMENT. SUMMARY REPORT

A cost benefit study made in 1969 concluded that if A sufficient proportion of the working population of stevenage who used cars for their work journey could be attracted to bus travel, then a community benefit would be gained by avoiding the need for increased road capacity at major intersections. An experiment was carried out in stevenage to test the conclusions of the study by improvements in bus services and fare reductions, and in particular to investigate the possibility of attracting car users to improved public transport. This report is based primarily on results recorded between march 1971 and the end of july 1972. The experiment continues and notes on the service since july 1972 are appended. The phased changes made in the service between march 1971 and february 1972 and their effect upon patronage, are summarized. These changes included introduction of one-man operated single deck buses improvement in service frequency during both off-peak and peak periods, and further reductions in fares. Household interviews before and after the service changes showed that of the people working in areas directly served by superbus, 10% fewer were driving to work after the improvements. In other areas not served by superbus there was an increase in the number of people driving cars to work during the same period. The financial deficit on the services in the summer of 1972 was found660 per week, which was approximately 30% of the running costs of the service (including an allocation for overheads). In summer 1973 the deficit was found738. In monetary terms, the benefit to bus travellers due to reduced waiting time and increased travel is estimated at found2,000 per week, assuming current department of the environment values. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of the Environment, England

    Saint Christopher House, Southwark Street
    London SE1 0TE,   England 

    University College London

    Research Group in Traffic Studies
    London WC1E 6BT,   England 
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00125629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R&D Rept.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1981 12:00AM