Policy for Public Passenger Transport

Aim

To contribute to Corporate, Community Plan, Local Transport Plan and Welsh Government aims of improving public transport and access to it, and reducing car dependency and pollution. The Council will:-

  • Public TransportPlay a full and active part in the South West Wales Integrated Transport Consortium of local authorities (SWWITCH) to support the improvement of public transport services in the region.
  • Implement the SWWITCH Regional Transport Strategy.
  • Ensure that Public Passenger Transport issues are fully considered by the Local Transport Forum and at bus quality partnership meetings with operators.
  • Subsidise socially necessary bus services in accordance with criteria based on value for money, accessibility, integration with other modes and safety.
  • On subsidised local bus services keep fare levels as close as possible to those on similar commercially provided journeys and set standards for return and child fares which bus operators will be encouraged to apply on their commercial services.
  • Encourage the introduction of ticketing arrangements which make it easy to make journeys involving more than one bus, different operators, and/or different modes of transport.
  • In partnership with the other SWWITCH authorities, operate, a concessionary fare scheme which offers free travel, or other such concession rate as may be determined by the Welsh Assembly Government, on local bus services for all elderly and disabled residents, or other such groups of people as may be determined by the Welsh Government.
  • Improve facilities at bus stops in accordance with a prioritised programme. This could include shelters, raised boarding points, information and dropped kerbs.
  • Promote public transport services and awareness of their social, economic and environmental benefits.
  • Take measures to assist the free movement of buses.
  • Support the development and operation of community businesses and volunteer based community transport schemes to provide public transport for those unable to access conventional public transport services.
  • Seek coordination, where possible, between local bus services, school transport services, Social Services transport and community transport services to make best use of the available resources.
  • Promote and develop initiatives to support passenger rail services and encourage greater use.

This policy has cross cutting themes, and complements and links with the following Corporate Objectives.

Environment

Transport

Community safety

Economic Prosperity

Supporting the disadvantaged and improving the quality of life

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Last Updated: 02.08.2013 at 15:22

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