Pennine Reach Consultation

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Purpose Lancashire County Council, along with Blackburn with Darwen Council, is calling for feedback on its new agreement governing bus travel as part of the Pennine Reach scheme.

The 40m major transport scheme is aimed at improving local transport in Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn.

The project which is co-funded by the Department for Transport is being jointly led by the two local highway authorities: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Lancashire County Council. As part of the scheme the Councils' have set out a plan called the Statutory Quality Bus Partnership (QPS) which it is putting out for the final stage of public consultation.

It aims to agree standards of service with local bus companies operating on Pennine Reach routes. The agreement regulates a number of areas including low floor vehicles, stability of timetables, and a commitment to customer care and security aboard local bus services.

It also sets out a minimum Euro 4 specification for all single deck buses on the route to reduce environmental impacts.

The agreement also binds the Councils to a number of commitments including keeping shelters in good repair, responding quickly to traffic flow issues and the setting up of a board to monitor services and customer satisfaction. One of the aims of Pennine Reach is to provide a viable alternative to car travel for motorists and to encourage more people to travel by bus.

It aims to do this not just by providing a quick and reliable service but also making services more attractive through the development of smart ticketing and real time information, along with better quality vehicles and trained driving staff.
Subject Other topic
Commissioned by Public and Integrated Transport
Geographic area Hyndburn
Method Written consultation
Consultation with Businesses
General public
Special interest group
Date 11/12/2015 - 10/03/2016
Undertaken by Public and Integrated Transport

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