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New partnership set up to help bus punctuality and reliability

Published on 11/02/2014 Click here to go back

New partnership set up to help bus punctuality and reliability

New partnership set up to help bus punctuality and reliability

A new problem solving task force has been set up to help improve bus punctuality in Blackpool.

The Punctuality Improvement Partnership (PIP for short) will be charged with identifying hotspots and problems which prevent buses from staying on schedule and coming up with plans to tackle them.

The group will comprise of staff from both Blackpool Council and Blackpool Transport and other agencies, like emergency services, other councils and VOSA, will also be consulted when it is necessary.

Similar partnerships have worked effectively in other areas of the country.

Cllr John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “Ensuring that buses run consistently, reliably and on time is the number one priority for bus users.

“Developing a task force to proactively identify hotspots is great news for passengers and for the town in general.

“Creating a high quality transport service is a key priority for growth too and this will help us to do so.

“The PIP group will meet regularly and will also be a key forum for listening to public feedback and discussing how to improve the service for customers.”

And Bob Mason from Blackpool Transport, said: “Punctuality, reliability and safety are the most important part of any public transport operation and we hope, by working together more effectively, we can continue to improve on all these important issues.

“We have been in discussions with officers from the council and Vehicle Operations Standards Agency (VOSA) for some time and we look forward to seeing some positive results which will assist in getting buses moving from A to B in a more timely manner in Blackpool.”

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