THE RE-BIRTH OF THE BUS

This article notes the fact that, though the bus has a bad image, it is still important in most towns and cities in Britain, but that increasingly cars are used in response to the development of dispersed origins and destinations of trips. The author argues that many people are forced into buying cars and he identifies many more that do not have access to cars. The necessity to develop public transport services is described, and the advantages of the bus, particularly its capacity and its use for express services, are outlined. Examples are given of situations where reserved lanes on ordinary roads and motorways and contra-flow lanes contribute to large increases in speed. A number of towns are suggested in England that could give buses special motorway lanes, priority at junctions, and the use of dis-used (or under-used) rail tracks. These would apply to both radial and ring services. A variety of demand-responsive schemes are described which would collect people from low density suburbs. Provision for car-pool cars on reserved lanes is also suggested. The various modes would form an integrated system, with proper interchanges which would have associated shopping facilities. The system would require minimal investment. /TRRL/

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    New Science Publications

    128 Long Acre
    London,   England  WC2 9QH
  • Authors:
    • Hall, P
  • Publication Date: 1974-9-26

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 797-801
  • Serial:
    • New Society
    • Volume: 29
    • Issue Number: 625
    • Publisher: IPC Magazine Limited
    • ISSN: 0028-6729

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00097985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM