What next for Hull buses and the plans in place…

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What next for Hull buses and the plans in place…

What next for Hull buses and the plans in place for city’s bus lanes
2021-06-24 17:02:00
New plans are being drawn up aimed at improving bus services in Hull. The joint initiative between Hull City Council and the city's two main bus operators Stagecoach and East Yorkshire is likely to see more priority measures such as bus lanes being implemented along with the continuing roll-out of new technology to update passengers on journey times. It will also examine options for using electric or even hydrogen-powered buses to reduce emissions. Read more: Cars will need permits to drive by these four East Yorkshire schools The Hull partnership is part of a national bus strategy recenty launched by the government which requires transport authorities to develop long-term proposals for upgrading bus services in their area. However, while ministers are keen to see more tram-style networks in the future, the plans for Hull are expected to concentrate on developing existing projects intead. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. The digital smart screens are set to transform journeys At the moment, there is no ongoing work being carried out in the city looking at the potential for new rapid transit systems such as trams or guided buses which operate on purpose-built routes. The last study into a possible guided bus route in Hull was carried about nearly 20 years ago. Recent steps have also included the installation of new digital screens giving timetable information at Paragon Interchange in the city centre, extra bus lanes and new real-time journey displays at some bus stops. Councillor Dean Kirk, portfolio holder for transportation, roads, highways and flood prevention, said: “The way in which we travel has changed. “Transport habits during the pandemic saw a huge shift towards residents using cycling, walking and driving to get around the city. “However our overall aim is for Hull to become carbon neutral by 2030 and to support these ambitious aims we must look at ways in which we can travel greener, minimise pollution and tackle congestion. That’s why we welcome the publication of the national bus strategy. “We want people who live, visit and travel around the city to choose a more sustainable form of travel and as we develop plans to implement this, a reliable and efficient bus service is absolutely critical to this. “Even if just five per cent of motorists chose a more sustainable form of transport, we would see a significant reduction in congestion levels and in turn improve air quality for the residents of Hull.” East Yorkshire buses' Ben Gilligan (Image: Hull Live) One immediate challenge will be to reverse the trend in falling bus passenger numbers in Hull being recorded before the pandemic after years of numbers increasing annually. East Yorkshire bus company area director Ben Gilligan said: “Tens of thousands of people already use the bus in Hull every day, and the pandemic has shown that many key workers rely on the bus to get to work, so strategies for getting more people onto public transport is something that should be high on the agenda. “We hope that many more Hull residents will realise that as well as being convenient and great value, bus travel is the best way to make our city greener, cleaner and less congested.” Matt Cranwell, managing director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “With the recently published national bus strategy, we now have a great and very timely opportunity to build on our

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