New bus-only express route could be coming to Hull

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New bus-only express route could be coming to Hull

New bus-only express route could be coming to Hull
2021-10-21 21:24:00
A new study is set to look into a bus-only express route between Hull city centre and KIngswood. If considered feasible, the city council and bus operators say they want to see it up and running up before 2035. The aim to create what would be Hull's first ever bus-based rapid transit service has been included in a new long-term strategy mapping out how bus services should develop over the next 14 years. For the latest transport news, click here. Drawn up by Hull City Council and the city's two main bus firms Stagecoach and East Yorkshire, it will be formally published later this month following a public consultation earlier this year. The rapid transit system is probably the most ambitious in a series of targets included in the 54-page Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). The idea could either see a dedicated segregated route for guided buses or the use of double-length vehicles that run in a similar way to trams. The end of the combined bus and cycle lane on Beverley Road ahead the junction with Clough Road (Image: Angus Young) Both options would likely see buses still using existing roads but with vehicles physically separated from other traffic in dedicated busways. In addition, buses would also be given priorty ahead of other traffic at key junctions. The nearest example is in Leeds where bus-only routes with raised kerb ways operate in different sections along two major commuter routes in and out of the city. The plan says: “Bus rapid transit does not require large levels of infrastructure investment like seen in Leeds but is about enhanced priorities and shorter journey times for public transport. “The proposed action is to undertake a study to identify and develop potential for additional rapid transit system or bus rapid transit opportunities in the city. Find traffic updates for your area “This may also benefit the daily travel to work route from and to Beverley. The ambition is to introduce such transit.” The strategy also reaffirms a long-delayed pledge to build a new park and ride bus facility to the north of the city while it echoes recent commitments by the two bus companies to be running carbon neutral fleets by 2035. Less ambitious targets range from simplifying routes to make them easier for passengers to plan journeys, increasing the frequency of services on busy main routes, better cross-city travel and developing the use of digital technology covering a range of issues, from ticketing to displaying real-time travel updates at bus stops. New travel information displays at the bus station at Hull Paragon Interchange The strategy says: “With its compact size, infrastructure and digital connectivity, Hull is in a unique position to become a test bed for lots of transport and technology initiatives.” Bus passenger numbers in Hull are among the highest in the country with corresponding car ownership in the city still relatively low. As a result, around 300 buses currently operate in the city, with the vast majority run by the two big commercial operators. Councillor Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for transportation, roads and highways, said: “We want people who live in, visit and travel around the city to choose a more sustainable form of travel, and providing a reliable and efficient bus service is critical to achieving this. “After consulting the people of Hull, we have developed a far-reaching plan that addresses the

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