BSIP being finalised for Liverpool
A Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP) for Liverpool City Region (LCR) is being finalised by the region’s Combined Authority.
The plan is being produced with input from bus operators and local authorities in response to the government’s National Bus Strategy, with the region bidding for a share of £3 billion of national funding.
Building on the City Region’s ‘Vision for Bus’, it will drive ambitious plans to provide services that are more frequent, reliable and affordable while making it easier for passengers to understand and use. Key areas for investment include frequency improvements, fare reductions, zero emission vehicles and bus lanes.
The introduction of the BSIP is being carried out alongside work already taking place to reform bus services across the region. According to LCR, franchising has been identified as the Combined Authority’s ‘emerging lead option’.
The BSIP is aimed at improving punctuality and reliability, ticketing, network design and the onboard experience of bus services. A customer charter is also being developed, which will set out standards passengers should expect when travelling by bus.
The outline approach for the BSIP will go before the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee on Thursday 16 September followed by the Combined Authority on Friday 24 September.
The final BSIP will be submitted to the Department for Transport by 31 October.
“Getting around our region should be quick, cheap and reliable – like it is in London” – Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram
Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, said: “Good public transport is vital for connecting people with each other and with opportunity, with people in our region overwhelmingly relying on the bus to get about. Thanks to the failed deregulation of the 1980s, too many bus services don’t work for the people who use them.
“I’m determined to fix that. Getting around our region should be quick, cheap and reliable – like it is in London. If it’s good enough for the capital, then it’s more than good enough for people in our region.”