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Bus Services

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the supply and demand of local bus services. (280735)

The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently commissioned a number of research projects on buses which are relevant to the supply and demand of local bus services.

A recently commissioned project on the determinants of bus patronage focuses on the importance of softer factors in influencing patronage growth and modal shift. We are expecting this work to be published by autumn 2009.

On concessionary travel, the Department has commissioned research which focuses on the impact of concessionary travel on demand for local bus services and costs, though the work will also cover general bus demand and bus costs. We are expecting this work to be published by the end of 2009.

On bus modelling, the Department has commissioned the development of a bus model which is able to forecast bus patronage changes and bus service levels for different types of interventions. A completed bus model is expected by autumn 2009.

It is intended that DfT's most recent regional and local research strategy is published this summer, which will provide details on local and regional transport research.