A Sutton councillor is urging residents to take part in the latest bus consultations which could enhance the services in the borough through demand responsive service which operate flexibly in response to local demand
” I would strongly urge local residents to have their say, as this kind of service has the potential to significantly improve public transport provision in the Borough.,”said Councillor Sam Weatherlake.
The consultation, which runs until 20 March, can be found here: consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/demand-responsive-bus-trial/
The new service will let people or groups use an app to book seats on a minibus that will stop at more convenient locations, including areas not currently served by public transport.
The on-demand service is proposed to run from 6.30am to 9.30pm, seven days a week and would carry up to 14 passengers. They would benefit from a guaranteed seat, free WiFi and USB charging points and flexible stops within a certain area.
The consultation is asking Londoners for their views on the specific area of Sutton that the service should cover and suggested stopping points.
“In line with the commitments in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) we want to explore how demand responsive bus services could complement conventional public transport services and enable good growth – particularly in harder to service areas of outer London,” said a spokesperson for TfL.
Demand responsive services operate flexibly in response to local demand. These services can change routing and scheduling depending on when and where customers want to travel. This has the potential to increase the use of and attract new users to public transport.
We want to explore whether these services can improve public transport while improving accessibility and air quality (by reducing car use) in an area of outer London where car dependency is high and other forms of public transport have limited availability.
To achieve this we are delivering a small-scale 12 month research trial in the London Borough of Sutton, with the potential to extend into a small part of the London Borough of Croydon. This trial would operate, in addition to the existing local transport network.
We are committed to delivering a trial in Sutton and Croydon. This consultation seeks to aid in the planning and delivery of this service by:
- Understanding the level of interest for this type of service
- Understanding any concerns or objections to the details of the proposed service area
- Identifying any issues not yet already considered
The consultation opens on 20 February 2019 and runs for four weeks. We will then report on the outcome ahead of the launch of the 12 month trial.