Express route

While there is no shortage of commuter and inter-city rail services in the Thames Valley , they mostly run east-west. There is a lack of north-south routes and cross-links between the rail stations and the urban centres they serve. Regional development agency SEEDA commissioned a feasibility study into introducing a network of high quality inter-urban bus services. The consultancy was asked to look at nine corridors in the area to explore the feasibility of providing an alternative to the car for commuting between dispersed residential areas and dispersed work areas, including many business parks. A service frequency of 20 minutes was considered to be the best starting point, with buses running from early morning to late evening, using coach style, well appointed vehicles. Stops and waiting areas would be of high quality and stopping patterns would aim for fast end-to-end journey times, and the network would target medium distance car trips which account for over a quarter of all carbon emissions from car transport. Some routes were deemed to be closer to existing commercial viability, with three corridors having the potential for 'quick wins'. A working group from all Berkshire's local authorities has been set up to implement the findings of the study.

  • Publication Date: 2009-11

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01147154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:47AM