Hull’s all-day bus lanes to become permanent as they’re hailed…

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Hull’s all-day bus lanes to become permanent as they’re hailed…

Hull’s all-day bus lanes to become permanent as they’re hailed a massive success
2021-12-14 16:28:00
Experimental all-day bus lanes and lighter traffic levels during lockdown have resulted in quicker bus journey times across Hull. However, bus passenger numbers in the city are still below what they were before the start of the pandemic. For the latest transport news, click here. Next week Hull City Council cabinet members are expected to approve moves to make the operation of all-day bus lanes permanent. If given the go-ahead, it would mean only buses, taxis and motorcycles using the lanes between 7am and 6.30pm Monday to Saturday along with cyclists. Stagecoach journey times across Hull have improved as a result of all-day bus lanes (Image: Stagecoach East Midlands) A pilot scheme extending the operational hours was introduced in July last year as part of a wider raft of measures aimed at boosting public transport following the first wave Covid-19 and the resulting loosening of restrictions. New bus lanes were also added in Ferensway and Spring Bank. Now a new analysis of the impact of the extended hours pilot has shown it has delivered an overall nine per cent improvement in bus journey times across the city. Both of Hull's main bus operators say they have been able to run quicker and more punctual services. For the latest traffic and travel news in your area enter your postcode below Stagecoach East Midlands report the average journey time from terminus to the end destination for each bus has been around 43 minutes this year compared to 48 minutes in 2019/20 Average bus speeds in the company's operating fleet in Hull have also increased from 9.9 mph in 2019/20 to 11mph this year. East Yorkshire says it has seen bus journey time improvements across its network, with noticeable differences on Holderness Road and Anlaby Road in particular. East Yorkshire has seen noticeable differences on key routes (Image: East Yorkshire Buses) Overall, the firm says journey times on its services in Hull have improved by 3.6 per cent compared to 2019. Ruth Stephenson, the city council's head of highways, said: “Giving buses priority over other traffic makes a clear statement that sustainable travel is the right choice for short journeys into the city centre. “While the bus fleet in Hull is not yet electric or hydrogen powered, consideration must be given to the number of people a single bus can move as opposed to a private vehicle. “Buses provide an extremely efficient means of mass transit. An average single decker bus can carry 60 passengers which means that a current average occupancy rate for private vehicles of 1.3 passengers, a single full bus could remove 46 vehilves from the network. “Most people could be moved more efficiently along a corridor by bus than by private vehicle..” She said changing peoples' attitudes to travel remained a challenge, particularly as bus passenger numbers are still down by around a quarter on pre-Covid levels. The end of the combined bus and cycle lane on Beverley Road ahead the junction with Clough Road (Image: Angus Young) A reluctance by some people to resume using buses on health grounds together with the rise in home working are believed to be the main reasons behind this. Ms Stephenson said: “Changing our travel behaviour is difficult and challenging but travel behaviour change is proven to help tackle the problems associat

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