A COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF GREENWAYS AND CONVENTIONAL BUS LANES

An enhanced bus priority scheme, Greenways, has been implemented as part of the City of Edinburgh Council transport strategy. Two-way bus priority measures have been applied to five arterial routes from the city centre. The routes were given a green surface, and various traffic management and parking policies have been combined with on-street public transport information. This report presents a 1999 study, commissioned by the Scottish Executive, to explore the 'added value' of the enhanced features of Greenways and the increased levels of service that it aimed to deliver. Two Greenway corridors, the A8 Glasgow Road and A900 Leith Walk, were studied, together with a conventional bus priority on the A7/A701. Journey times, service reliability and ridership, and enforcement and infringement of the priority regulations, were investigated. There were interviews with bus and emergency service vehicle drivers, representatives of businesses located on the route, and random samples of residents living along the corridors. Analyses were made of accident data, traffic flows, bicycle flows, and property value trends. It was found that the introduction of Greenways on the A8 seemed to make its bus services more reliable, with more passengers and better pedestrian and cyclist safety, but with more delays to non-priority traffic.

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  • Publication Date: 2000

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 46p+a p.
  • Serial:
    • CM 4604
    • Publisher: STATIONERY OFFICE
    • ISSN: 0950-2254

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796573
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-7480-9668-X
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2000 12:00AM