Luton has been awarded government funding for measures to help get people back using buses.
Following a bid from the government’s National Bus Strategy fund the council was successful in receiving an allocation for its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP). The amount of £19.1 million has now been confirmed by the Department for Transport and will support measures over the next 2 years to March 2025 years, including.
- lower fares for children and families and those who use a concessionary pass
- development of improved bus priority lanes
- more Red Routes to help priority routes
- more enforcement cameras to help parking services
- development of a Park & Ride facility at Butterfield
- ticketing reforms including cross boundary arrangements.
- extension of time to provide pre-9.30am travel for those using concessionary bus passes.
- better information systems
- later bus services
- working with neighbouring Local Authorities on a Passenger Charter
- working with Bus Operators to ensure better services across Luton for all
Councillor Fatima Begum, portfolio holder for sustainable development and highways at Luton Council said: “Under half of all councils that applied received the funding so we are delighted to have got the news from Government that we are one of them.
“We know residents will be happy that we can now start to go ahead with these projects which will support the whole of Luton for better transportation and help make bus travel more attractive to people. Using sustainable transport rather than hopping in a car, especially for shorter journeys, really helps towards our net zero aims.”
The aims of the government’s National Bus Strategy are to see more people using bus services through revisions to fares, routes, hours of operation and availability of information, and to see improvements to reliability, punctuality, and journey speeds.