Heartland STB seeks action on bus integration


England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has agreed to work with local bus operators to develop a bus travel action plan for the region and now wants better links with train companies.

In July the emerging sub-national transport body for the Cambridge to Oxford corridor agreed to give a newly-formed bus operators' association for the area a place on its Strategic Transport Forum.

On Friday (21 September) the Forum agreed to develop an action plan for bus travel across the corridor, which will report back next spring.

The action plan ‘will explore options for improving integration of bus travel, through a number of initiatives, including ticketing’.

EEH programme director Martin Tugwell, told Transport Network: ‘I was struck by a desire and real commitment from the Bus Operators’ Association to work with the forum on a detailed plan of action. Now we have the bus association in place we are hoping to speak to rail operators to have something similar.’

Mr Tugwell said he had initial conversations with a couple of operators to understand the potential to set up such a rail association, which could equally work with the Strategic Transport Forum.

The bus operators' association includes Stagecoach, Arriva, Oxford Bus Company, Thames Travel, Carousel Buses, City Sightseeing (Oxford), Go South Coast, Centrebus, Grant Palmer and UNO bus.

Robin Knight of Stagecoach chairs the bus operators' association and attends the Forum as its representative.

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