Bus users and others often question how and why bus routes are changed, and are often very aggrieved about consultation, advance notice, and communication, or the lack of them. There is a complex set of legislation and regulations governing bus services. Lengthy but detailed explanations are here: https://www.gov.uk/run-local-bus-service and https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/transport-scotland-act-2019-and-bus-services/provision-of-service-information-when-varying-or-cancelling-registration/
EBUG’s attempt at a short guide for convenience follows:
Bus operators (who must hold an operator’s licence) are free to run any route they choose, vary or withdraw them as they see fit. Members of the public have no statutory right to input. This is set out in primary legislation.
Continue reading “How bus routes change; a quick guide to the process”
We’ve updated this post to contain the full article. EBUG’s web weaver apologises for the omission.
This piece was written for Transform Scotland, and is also available on TS’s website. BBC Scotland also wrote about it.
There was a flurry of interest in early October about public transport recovering from losing passengers during the Covid pandemic. The Scotsman reported transport minister Jenny Gilruth needing to find funding to avert bus service cuts www.scotsman.com/news/transport/lifeline-funding-to-stave-off-massive-bus-service-cuts-urgently-sought-by-transport-minister-jenny-gilruth-3873105. Then Transform Scotland highlighted a recovery in rail patronage, though ScotRail lags behind other operators https://twitter.com/TransformScot/status/1579460922933796864. Back in July 2021, Transform Scotland had highlighted the need for ‘A Just Recovery for Public Transport’ (download link here https://transform.scot/corona-recovery-series-revisited/) Continue reading “Commentary on bus sector recovery”
Here’s the text of EBUG’s deputation to the City of Edinburgh Council on 22 September 2022, in response to a motion by Cllr Thornley on ‘Hopper fares’, which was passed. Item 8.2 here is https://democracy.edinburgh.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=150&MId=6468
A webcast of the meeting is available at https://edinburgh.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/701504
N.B. the text differs slightly from ‘as delivered’, especially paragraphs 10-11 which were reduced for brevity)
Continue reading “EBUG’s deputation to CEC: 22 September 2022”
A presentation on September 4 on the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Bus Partnership fund bid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdPF9D62kwA
The slides below, which featured in the presentation, show
- Potential bus priority corridors to be developed if the bid succeeds.
- Current ‘hotspots’ where buses are particularly delayed by traffic in the mornings.
- Current ‘hotspots’ where buses are particularly delayed in the afternoons.
Send us your comments!
Continue reading “Edinburgh and South East Scotland Bus Partnership fund bid”
This bulletin was received by EBUG’s web-weaver in early September 2022, i.e. after the AGM it covers.
Dear EBUG member,
This is the eighth of our occasional updates for members.
Our AGM is on Thursday June 30, at 18:00 in the Friends Meeting House, Victoria Terrace. This Members’ Bulletin is the official notification to all members, as required by EBUG’s constitution. https://edinburghbususers.group/ebug-trial/constitution-and-agm-papers. Continue reading “No.8 – Members’ Bulletin May 2022”
The media has been quite exercised lately by the planned trial of Autonomous Buses across the Forth between Ferrytoll and Edinburgh Park.
In early May, a member of EBUG’s Committee took part in a workshop run by Edinburgh Napier University as part of the ‘CAVForth’ trail.
The day’s agenda included: Introduction to the research, project overview, pre-trial surveys, benefits and how to realise them, risks and mitigation, drivers and barriers (to name a few)…
It did not include any trial runs of the buses. On-ground trials, with passengers, start later in 2022 (Monday – Sunday, up to every 20mins; probable route number AB1).
The introduction revealed the answer to ‘what are ABs for?’ (reframed as ‘what are their expected benefits?’) is:
- Safety: elimination of human error
- Reliability: ABs could
- potentially overcome unexpected staff unavailability
- continuously adjust optimal driving to meet local circumstances
- Reduce fuel use
Continue reading “The rise of the Autonomous Bus: what do they have to offer?”
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(We’ve corrected an erroneous link in this post about EBUG’s forthcoming AGM. Apologies for any confusion that error caused!)