Where have bus services been a success (either in the UK or internationally) and why were they successful? How is it related to history, socio-economic and demographic factors, alternative travel modes and financial and other incentives?

Background

The improve transport for the user strategic priority is critical in ensuring the department delivers and maintains a transport system that meets the needs of the public and addresses what they care about most. It puts the needs and expectations of current and potential users (both passengers and freight customers) at the heart of the operation of the transport system and considers about end-to-end journeys, not just individual transport modes. It is focused on ensuring that our infrastructure and the services which use it meet the varied needs of businesses and the public, are attractive, affordable, sustainable, and resilient is a crucial goal for the department.

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Related UKRI funded projects


  • University of Surrey and Surrey County Council

    To increase patronage of bus services in the country of Surrey, by establishing new ways of identifying customer needs, behaviours and user-experience; making bus services more appealing to potential customers....

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: University of Surrey

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project is relevant as it aims to improve bus services in Surrey by understanding customer needs and behaviors, but it does not provide information on the success of bus services in relation to history, socio-economic and demographic factors, alternative travel modes and financial and other incentives.

  • Demand-based Urban Bus Integrated with Rail And Health (DUBIRAH)

    A citizen rarely finds bus, rail and/or health service provisions seamlessly aligned: scheduled bus services do not provide sufficiently direct door-to-door journeys, e.g. between railway stations and final destinations,...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Esoterix Systems Limited

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project is relevant as it aims to develop a commercially sustainable, on-demand, local, bus service integrated with rail services and health care provision in Bristol, but it does not provide information on the success of bus services in relation to history, socio-economic and demographic factors, alternative travel modes and financial and other incentives.

  • Automated Bus Routing (ABR)

    The need for a transport system which uses on-demand routing arises principally from the shortcomings of the current options available for local journeys. The average Briton makes 821 trips of below 10 miles annually (Na...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Esoterix Systems Limited

    Why might this be relevant?

    The project is relevant as it aims to develop a transport system which uses on-demand routing to overcome the shortcomings of the current options available for local journeys, but it does not provide information on the success of bus services in relation to history, socio-economic and demographic factors, alternative travel modes and financial and other incentives.

  • Public Transport Integrated On-Line Booking & Scheduling

    Transport on Demand re-invents the way of delivering public service transport for rural and suburban areas. Based on small buses following a route that is generated solely from the passenger’s calls this IT system will c...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Cabtransit Ltd

  • Project Jaringan Hubungan Antara Pengagkutan

    The aim of this project is to understand and plan the deployment of innovative shared mobility technology to improve first-and-last-mile intermodal connectivity of public transit in Malaysia. The partners, CatchThatBus a...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Moses Mobility Ltd

  • DRT for DRT: Developing Relevant Tools for Demand Responsive Transport

    The rise in private car use in the UK has major implications relating to how transport more generally is provided. One problem is that conventional public transport (i.e. bus, light rail and heavy rail) is steadily becom...

    Funded by: EPSRC

    Lead research organisation: Loughborough University

  • Real-time data-driven insights to drive sustainable travel & bus network resilience post-Covid-19

    Buses running to schedule is a perennial problem faced by transport authorities. Major cities including Cambridge have struggled to gain insights into the root cause of bus delays, in order to better manage and operate w...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Alchera Data Technologies Ltd

  • TransitExplorer: a bus network analysis tool

    Improving public transport networks in developing countries relies upon a detailed understanding of what already exists. This can be captured in timetable data formats, the most common being the General Transit Feed Spec...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: Integrated Transport Planning Limited