An improved bus network is on the way for Hertfordshire, as the county council and local bus operators plan to enter into a new partnership to improve public transport in the county.
Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on plans to create an Intalink Enhanced Partnership that would see bus companies and local authorities working more closely together to improve the bus networks. Key proposals include giving buses priority on congested roads and measures such as:
• Prioritising bus and coach services in traffic
• Improving the image of bus travel
• Upgrading bus infrastructure
• More closely integrating the bus network
• Making smarter use of data and information
The new Enhanced Partnership will build on the work done by the existing Intalink Partnership, a unique collaboration between Hertfordshire County Council, bus and rail operators and local districts and councils. It has been established in Hertfordshire for over 20 years. The partnership has been successful in improving the experience of bus passengers and in making public transport a more attractive option by delivering a range of publicity and information, digital communications including a website, mobile ticket app and other ticketing schemes.
Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said: “We need to make sure that bus travel is an attractive and practical option for people trying to get around our county, and the planned enhanced partnership will help us do that. Many people will still rely on their car for essential journeys but where there are alternatives we want to encourage people to leave their cars behind.
“With 100,000 new homes expected in the county by 2031 we need to make sure we have the infrastructure, including an effective bus network , in place to help us cope with that growth. We need to get people out of their cars if we want to keep the county moving and our economy thriving. That’s why we’re making improvements to walking, cycling and public transport a priority in all our transport plans.
“We want as many people as possible to have their say on these proposals so please do visit the website and let us know what you think about our plans.”
Find out more about the proposed partnership and let us know what you think of the proposals at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/intalinkpartnership by 10 November 2019. Paper copies of the proposed partnership are also available in libraries across Hertfordshire.