Councillors aim to shake up bus services in Leicestershire – here's how you can have your say

Leicestershire County Council wants to create a much closer partnership with bus operators in an attempt to improve public transport

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 4:16 pm
Councillors are aiming to shake up bus services in Leicestershire – and you can have your say.
Councillors are aiming to shake up bus services in Leicestershire – and you can have your say.

Councillors are aiming to shake up bus services in Leicestershire – and you can have your say.

Leicestershire County Council wants to create a much closer partnership with bus operators in an attempt to improve public transport.

And the local authority is keen to hear from people who use buses – and those who don’t.

Working more closely with bus operators to set up a Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) will unlock “significant Government funding”.

The Government is to inject £3 billion to support a National Bus Strategy to make catching a bus much more attractive to people.

Cllr Ozzy O’Shea, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’re picking up the gauntlet as there’s a need to reverse the recent shift in journeys away from public transport as a result of the pandemic and encourage passengers back on to public transport.

“But it’s clear we have to work closely and swiftly with local bus operators to deliver such benefits as simpler fares, contactless payments, more services at the right times and ticketing so people can easily inter-change across public transport.”

The BSIP development is a vital strand of the council’s Environment Strategy.

That sets out how the council will cut the environmental impact of travel and transport.

“Providing frequent, high-quality passenger transport services is a key element of the council’s commitment to climate change.

"It will build on the recent work we’ve done with the city council on electric park and ride buses and our wider mission to decarbonise transport,” added Cllr O’Shea.

“The council also wants help from the general public and other interested parties in developing the BSIP.

“It wants to know what would improve public transport and what would make people use it more,” said the county council.

“We’d like to hear from people who already use buses, those who currently don’t, as well as feedback from public, private and voluntary organisations.”

To make your voice heard, visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/bus-strategy-surveyYou have until Friday July 30 to register your views.

Cabinet members will discuss the report at 2pm on Tuesday June 22.

The meeting will be shown live at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast..