Bus routes set for cash injection

BULWELL bus-users are set to benefit from a service upgrade as part of an £18 million investment.

It’s one of 10 areas set to be improved as part of a funding scheme from private and public investments.

The cash injection will ensure every bus is fitted with tracking devices, which could give late running buses priority at traffic signals, additional cameras to make sure other motorists don’t use bus lanes and more smartcard tickets to increase bus speeds.

Bus shelters and stops are also earmarked for improvements, together with CCTV installations, better lighting and improved disabled access on buses and at bus stops.

“I’m thrilled that we have got this funding and it will be great for transport in Nottingham,” said Coun Jane Urquhart, of Nottingham City Council’s planning and transport department.

“The aim is to guarantee that everywhere in the city has a quality public transport route, be that a tram or a bus.”

Funding is aimed at not only improving facilities for bus passengers but to make travelling times, reliability, accessibility, emissions and information equal to that of the tram.

The cash pot will be made up of £11.9 million from the seven local bus companies, including Trent Barton and Nottingham City Transport.

The remainder of the money will come from a department of Transport pot of £4.9 million awarded to Nottingham City Council and £1.8 million from council funds.

Coun Urquhart added: “The success of the funding bid ensures that the progress in public transport made in Nottingham is improved even further.”

Work is expected to start on the improvements before the end of the year.