John Carr - Articles and news items

York’s buses ranked among the best in the UK

Industry news  •  26 March 2014  •  City of York Council

Passengers on York’s buses rank them amongst the best in the UK according to surveys made by Passenger Focus, the UK’s independent watchdog for bus and rail services…

York by Bus campaign launches

Industry news  •  11 November 2013  •  City of York Council

A new campaign to encourage even more people to travel by bus in York lauches this week…

BRT: an opportunity for ‘Big Society’?

Issue 3 2010, Past issues  •  30 June 2010  •  John Carr, Events Coordinator, BRTuk

“BRT: the time is right” was the opening heading for my previous contribution on Bus Rapid Transit to Eurotransport (Issue 4 2008) at a time when most developed economies were reaping the fruits of prosperity, even if urban public transport in the UK continued to experience the pains of growing demand but lack of capacity. This was partly attributable to years of under investment, arguably the result of public investment appraisal techniques in sufficiently rewarding the benefits of good public transport and more efficient goods distribution whilst over compensating time saving and taxation impacts for car users.

BRT: the time is right

Issue 4 2008, Past issues  •  18 August 2008  •  John Carr, Secretary, BRTuk

In Runcorn in the UK and Almere in the Netherlands, new towns have been functioning for several decades with their transport needs based around largely segregated, highly reliable bus services. In common with other public transport the fortunes of these systems may have fluctuated with investment levels and institutional changes, but both communities enjoy high levels of access and relatively low congestion. Tales from the Americas and Australasia trumpet the success of Bus Rapid Transit systems in communities with a wide spread of social and economic conditions. The unsung busways in Runcorn and Almere point the way here in Europe to what might be achieved with bus based rapid transit solutions.