This report describes a programme of 28 experiments carried out in the Merseyside area from late 1971 to mid-1973. The purposes of these experiments were to gain experience in the setting up and running of improved car parking facilities at railway stations and bus services to stations to provide a complete service for commuters to central Liverpool, to assess public response to these services and to evaluate their potential benefit to the area as a whole. The parking improvements consisted of the provision of 300 new car parking spaces and reducing or removing parking charges at seven suburban railway stations. The bus/rail services included special new bus routes, some modification of existing bus services to provide better train connections and the issue of combined bus/rail tickets. The car/rail experiments were adjudged generally successful in that they resulted in a net gain to the public transport purse, one of the conclusions was that free car parks should be constructed or extended at stations more than four miles from the centre of Liverpool. The conclusions on the bus/rail experiments are more complex. Their value is that they should lead to lower running costs by the modification or elimination of dupicate through bus services and the results show that the experimental services have proved sufficiently popular for this to be possible. However, much depends on whether existing through bus services can, in fact, be modified in view of their use for intermediate, non-central area journeys. The report therefore recommends a further study in which interchange bus services are planned throughout an entire corridor, so that the full scope for operating economies can be thoroughly explored. Apart from this, the report lays down guidelines for planning and operating interchange bus services. /Author/TRRL/

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    Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive

    24 Hatton Garden
    Liverpool,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00137785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1981 12:00AM