Leading Councillors have agreed to submit a £39m Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) to Government for public transport improvements to be delivered over a five-year period following a special Cabinet meeting held this evening, Wednesday 20 October.
As previously reported, highway officials have prepared the plan in response to the National Bus Strategy and have considered the plan to act as the key document to securing funds from a share of a £3-billion pot to improve public transport across England.
The funding could be used locally to develop initiatives and improvements including:
- Enhanced evening and weekend frequencies
- Changes to improve how certain areas are served
- Improved bus interchange facilities in Grimsby
- Clearer and more comprehensive information about services and ticketing through a wide variety of sources
- Improvements to the feeling of personal safety while using buses
- Modernising the bus fleet and introducing zero emission vehicles
Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “When developing our BSIP with our partner, EQUANS, and other transport partners, we purposefully took an approach to develop a plan that was ambitious and would change the face of public transport in the area for years to come.
“I have seen reports on what these improvements could include and whilst it is great to see such pride and excitement on the proposals suggested as part of the plan, we must remember there isn’t a guarantee on the amount of funding we could secure, and this will be dependent on what is allocated by Government. No indications have been provided when developing this plan, so we have aimed big to address the challenges we face.
“As the plans progress through Government and we receive details on the funding allocated, we will continue to engage with stakeholders, public transport operators, businesses and our communities.”
The proposals have been developed in partnership with Stagecoach East Midlands, Grayscroft, Hunts and key community stakeholders.
The final amount secured from Government is not confirmed. Should the £39m proposal not be secured, the council will look to prioritise the available funds alongside the most needed recommendations.