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PRESCOTT -£50M BOOST FOR LONDON'S BUS PASSENGERS

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Bus passengers will benefit from the£50m package announced at ...
Bus passengers will benefit from the£50m package announced at

today's national bus summit by deputy prime minister John Prescott.

£50m will be invested in a package of initiatives to make bus

services more reliable, journey times shorter, and information and

services more accessible.

Improvements will include:

- Traffic lights giving priority to buses

- Enforcement of parking restrictions to tackle bus delays

- On-bus and roadside cameras to monitor and combat illegal parking

in bus lanes and bus stops

- New style bus shelters and improved information maps and timetables

- Highway improvements to ensure easier access to buses

John Prescott said: 'This is good news for bus passengers across the capital. Four million people travel on London buses every day - that is, a fifth of all motorised journeys made by Londoners. Passenger journeys are increasing by 2-3% every year.

'We are determined to improve bus travel. Our initiatives will make a

real difference.

'The intensive bus lane enforcement already being piloted on Bus

Route 32 is showing exciting results: after four weeks the boroughs

involved had reported a reduction in illegally parked vehicles of

between 35-50%. In rush hour traffic, journeys are up to 11% faster.

'We want to make buses a real alternative for everybody. Public

opinion is behind us - keeping bus lanes for buses lessens

congestion for all road users.'

Notes

At the national bus summit today the deputy prime minister

announced an investment package from the capital modernisation fund

of£50m for London buses over the next two years.

The investment package will make it possible to improve bus service reliability significantly on 24 key routes. A further 3 routes will be given flagship status. In addition, quality will be enhance on up to 8 of these 27 routes, including better bus shelters and easier access to the bus for all passengers, including those with disabilities.

Across London, bus-mounted cameras and roadside cameras will

enforce parking restrictions on bus lanes and at bus stops.

A six-month pilot scheme to enforce all bus lane and parking

restrictions is running on Route 32 in North London.

In a recent London phone poll, 85% of callers said that Route

32-style enforcement should be extended to all the capital's bus

lanes.

The London Business Board, which speaks for the London business

community, have urged government to expand and enhance the bus

priority network and improve enforcement of bus lanes and stops -

changing public attitudes.

Across London, bus routes will also benefit from new countdown

information displays, funded through London Transport Buses'

programmes. Across London, 750 Countdown displays should be in place

by the end of 1999, and 1100 by summer 2000.

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