Bus lane closures ‘flawed’, says CILT
According to the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), the decision to suspend all of the Liverpool’s bus lanes in a nine month trial was rushed through and based on evidence that was ‘flawed and suffered from a severe data deficit’. It claims it could deter other local authorities around Britain from introducing measures that promote public transport to ease urban traffic congestion. CILT UK believes the evidence used by the Mayor and Council to make its decision in 2013 was deficient in both quantitative and qualitative analysis and data which will make proper evaluation of the impact of the bus lane suspension impossible.
Chairman of CILT UK’s Bus and Coach Forum, Austin Birks, said, ‘The decision to suspend bus lanes appears rushed and is based on flimsy “evidence” that is mainly predicated on a discredited approach (i.e. reviewing movements by vehicle rather than person). In a city with lower than average car ownership but also growing tourism, permanently removing all bus lanes has the potential to damage the city economically and socially. We urge the City Council and its Mayor to terminate what appears to be an ill-considered experiment before any greater damage is done to the city’s reputation and to the ability of local bus operators to achieve the reliability required of them.’
Visit www.ciltuk.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/News/liverpoolbus.pdf to see the Institute’s submission to Liverpool City Council’s consultation.