North East Bus Service Improvement Plan

The region’s first Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) unveiled a new £804 million bid to Government which transport leaders are confident will dramatically transform bus services across the North East.

The BSIP outlines region-wide ambitions to make buses more attractive by making them an affordable and practical alternative to using private cars for more people and helping existing bus users to travel more frequently. The ambitious plan aims to return bus ridership – currently 25% lower than before the pandemic – to pre-Covid levels by the end of the next financial year and to grow by 10% each year thereafter.  This would provide a major economic boost to the region, reduce road congestion, and contribute towards climate change targets.

The numerous measures proposed include improvements to timetables and fares, extensive priority measures on roads and at junctions to speed buses up – including two new Park & Ride sites, new and attractive waiting facilities, a set of affordable fare “caps” that work across all buses and Metro services, lower fares for many young people and simplified and improved information.

The North East BSIP is the region’s response to the Government’s National Bus Strategy for England which was published in March 2021.

The North East BSIP was approved by the North East Joint Transport Committee on 26 October 2021 and submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT).

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North East Bus Service Improvement Plan

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