Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Memoranda


Memorandum by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (UK) (WTC 09)

WALKING IN TOWNS AND CITIES

INTRODUCTION

  The Confederation of Passenger Transport is the trade body for the bus, coach and light rail industry. Its membership exceeds one thousand enterprises and includes owner-drivers as well as the largest groups. Its members provide public transport services in virtually every town and city in the UK.

THE COMPLEMENTARY NATURE OF WALKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  At one level, walking may be seen as an alternative to using buses and light rail systems. However, it is equally clear that most public transport users are also walkers when they are on their way to or from a stop. For this reason, public transport operators have a vested interest in the provision of a good quality walking environment. It is important that the agencies responsible for the walking environment should consider walking and public transport provision together.

COMPONENTS OF A GOOD QUALITY WALKING ENVIRONMENT

  In addition to well drained, level footpaths, an integrated approach to walking and public transport provision would imply:

    —  good access for buses, coaches and light rail systems to sources and destinations of passengers;

    —  avoiding pedestrianisation at the expense of public transport penetration;

    —  location of stops as near as possible to principal destinations;

    —  good signing to public transport stops and coach parks for people on foot;

    —  good lighting and overall security;

    —  the opportunity to walk directly to destinations without being corralled into subways, onto overbridges, or through "refuges" designed principally to keep pedestrians out of the way of cars.

  Our, necessarily subjective, impression is that these issues are becoming increasingly well understood amongst local authority officers and members and amongst the electorate at large.

  We have certainly had to make fewer representations about inappropriate schemes in recent years than was the case a decade ago.

December 2000


 
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