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Help inform how we can continue to ensure local bus services provide vital services to you in West Berkshire and beyond.

Posted by: Communications team on 08 June 2022 15:10
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Buses are a vital part of public transport in the UK - allowing teenagers to go to college or school, enabling pensioners to see their family and friends, to go shopping if you don't have a car, travelling to events and connecting people to work opportunities they would not otherwise consider. Buses sustain town centres, strengthen communities and help towards protecting the environment.

In 2021 the Government launched the National Bus Strategy to provide funding to local councils to build back better bus services. Its central aim is to get more people travelling by bus. However, this can only be achieved if buses are made more practical and attractive as an alternative to the car.

Last summer we asked you for your opinions on local bus services which helped form the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) in October 2021. It outlined how we at the council, alongside bus operators in the district, would improve bus services. The DfT allocated funding to local authorities in accordance with their assessment of the strengths and ambitions of the BSIP submitted and we were one of the successful authorities to be awarded funding.

We have recently suggested to the DfT how this funding could be used over a period of 3 years and are awaiting their response. But for now we need your say in our Bus Survey to help inform how we can continue to ensure local bus services provide vital services to you in West Berkshire and beyond.

Cllr Richard Somner, Executive Member for Planning, Transport and Countryside at West Berkshire Council, said:

"It is really important for us to hear from residents and bus users to understand your views on the changes and improvements that we are looking to make with the funding we have been awarded.

"We know bus usage is fast becoming an alternative way to travel and commute, especially after our free weekend offers have seen an increase in numbers, but more importantly from a cost saving and environmental point of view. That's why we need you to have your say and to find out how satisfied you are with local public bus services in your area."

Your views are extremely important to us. To take part, please complete the online Bus Survey by midnight on Sunday 3 July 2022.  

Paper copies of the survey are available on request. Telephone: 01635 519394 or email: transport@westberks.gov.uk with your details.

Last modified: 08 June 2022 15:24

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