Vision unveiled for public transport in Strathclyde

A VISION to “transform” public transport in Strathclyde, “with fairer fares, ‘smart’ journeys and a single buses brand” has been unveiled by the chair and vice-chairs of the largest of Scotland’s seven regional transport partnerships.

The discussion paper issued by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport argues for it to evolve into ‘Transport for Strathclyde’, described as “a more powerful authority in control of one network across the region”.

The paper additionally calls for a new parliamentary Bill to empower the body and a ‘public transport social contract’ with the public which “guarantees access to work, health, education and recreation – without breaking the bank or planet”.

Says a SPT announcement, here: “‘Transport for Strathclyde: a new public transport network’ features five visions for public transport in the region: one network, a smart network, a ‘green’ network, an affordable network and a network of the future.”

Specific ideas include:

  • Fairer fares: a clear fare arrangement which fits the needs of the region, and smart payment and pricing which would permit measures such as fare-capping or pre-arranged ‘travel-to-work’ tariffs.
  • A ‘Smart Travel Pass’: an app or card for every citizen.
  • Strathclyde Buses: the creation of a new single Transport for Strathclyde service brand.
  • Smart passenger-responsive journeys: with a personalised ‘journey plan’ on an app so that passengers will know when a bus is coming and the driver will know if they need some help.
  • Real-time network management: with better understanding of live travel needs a ‘smart network’ could adjust traffic lights and traffic management.
  • A ‘personal carbon emissions statement’ to help passengers take action to reduce how their transport choices impact the environment.

The announcement continues: “To deliver the vision in the paper, the chair and vice-chairs propose a fresh approach with an ’empowered, accountable and resourced Transport for Strathclyde transport authority’.

“The document states that detailed financial modelling will be required and the necessary mechanisms and options must be developed to provide Transport for Strathclyde with the resources required.

” It explores the systems used in other regions, such as London, Vienna [Austria] and Tallin [Estonia], where public transport has been transformed.”

Picture credit: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport