MIL-OSI UK Cities: Island ’Bus Back Better’ plans approved

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Source: Aisle of Wight

17 Jun 2021

Ambitious steps to enhance public transport across the Island were approved by Cabinet members this week (16 June).

The government’s £3 billion Bus Back Better scheme aims to improve services and create greener, more flexible travel options for communities.

As part of the scheme, councils must commit to enter ‘Enhanced Partnerships’ with local bus operators by the end of March 2022.

The Isle of Wight Council will now work to produce a Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP), with the aim of having it in place by the end of October.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said: “This decision could mean simpler and cheaper ticketing for users across a more integrated travel network on the Island.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with our local bus operators, local businesses and residents to achieve this aim of a greener, more flexible transport options to meet the needs of our local communities.”

It is hoped that the plan will also deliver more carbon-friendly buses, simpler pricing and a more joined-up network so passengers can easily switch between different types of transport.

Under the scheme, the council will work with local bus operators to improve routes and flexible passenger experiences — encouraging and enabling more sustainable travel choices and fewer car trips. 

The BSIP will also identify where bus priority measures are needed on the Island and aim to meet carbon reduction targets.

Factfile

  • Plans to enhance public transport across the Island were approved by Cabinet members this week (16 June).
  • The plans aim to deliver more carbon-friendly buses, simpler pricing and a more joined-up passenger network.

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