Bus Users calls for rethink on car sharers in bus lanes

Bus Users calls for rethink on car sharers in bus lanes

Bus Users UK has described Manchester’s new £240million Congestion Deal as ‘counter-productive’ for prioritising car sharing over bus services.

According to a statement from Mayor Andy Burnham, the funding programme is “focused on people rather than vehicles” and will see funding for trams, cycling and walking lanes, employer incentives to offer staff flexible start and finish times, and the opportunity for car sharers to use bus lanes.

The Congestion Deal follows last year’s public consultation which saw 7,000 people share their concerns and solutions for tackling congestion in the area. Among the issues raised was the lack of ‘realistic alternatives’ to driving.

Responding to the announcement, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK said: “Allowing car sharers to use bus lanes will reduce the efficiency of local bus services and encourage even more people to switch to private transport.

“A single bus has the potential to take 75 cars off the road, so rather than incentivising car sharing, Manchester should be investing in bus priority measures and offering people what they have asked for - a viable alternative to the car.”

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