Saturday, 28 September 2013

Cash Boost For Villages In South Cambs To Improve Bus Services

Residents in South Cambridgeshire are being given the chance to improve bus stops and other facilities in their village.

Cambridgeshire County Council is setting aside £40,000 of the £1.7m pot of funding it has received from the Government for better bus services. It is now asking for ideas from the 90 parish councils in South Cambridgeshire on how they would like to see it spent.

But they will need to move quickly, as suggestions will need to be submitted by Monday, 4 November.

Successful bidders will be given the opportunity to develop their plans and establish project costs so that work can be implemented by the Government's deadline of 31 March 2014. Ideas could include new bus shelters, bicycle parking and real-time displays.

Funding has been provided by the Department for Transport under its Better Bus Area Fund and is being administered by the County Council. The criteria for use of this funding means that it can only be used in South Cambridgeshire.

Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "This is a great opportunity for villages in South Cambridgeshire to see real improvements to their bus facilities. This could include new weatherproof shelters, more places to lock up bikes and keep them secure, and real time journey displays which have proved to be very popular in other parts of the county.

"It's a tight deadline so I would urge people in South Cambridgeshire to get in touch with their parish councillors with any good ideas as soon as possible. Don't miss out!"

For more information and/or to find out how to submit an expression of interest, please contact Cambridgeshire County Council Transport Delivery Team via email transport.delivery@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or telephone 01223 699906.

Funding has been provided by the Department for Transport under its Better Bus Area Fund and is being administered by the County Council. The criteria for use of this funding means that it can only be used in South Cambridgeshire and that priority may be given to areas along the busiest transport routes to Cambridge.

Improvements can include:
  • Bus Shelters - Providing a bus shelters can make bus travel considerably more comfortable and can encourage new users.
  • Real time information displays - Allow passengers to know precisely when the next bus will arrive. Cambridgeshire County Council is investing significantly in the technology that provides this real time information, so that the most accurate and reliable information is displayed at bus stops.
  • Cycle parking - Good cycle parking facilities can encourage people from further afield to use local bus services. Cycle racks and hard surfacing if not in an existing footway are minimum requirements, but covered cycle parking may be an option.