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News - 22 January 2005
The bendy bus is one possible option

Rapid Transit System is back on the agenda

Proposals to develop a rapid transport system in Brighton & Hove could be back on the table following a meeting of the Policy & Resources committee. Plans for RTS were put aside last year due to time constraints and the complexity of the issues involved.

The meeting, on Wednesday, 26 January, is being asked to support plans to develop a scheme with Brighton & Hove Buses to run a bus-based system linking major routes in the city. The council is also keen to grasp the opportunity to apply for government funding that is currently available to support rapid transport schemes.

Brighton & Hove's rapid transport would provide high quality, fast, limited stop services. The buses would look different from the current local buses and would be designed to give passengers quick, direct links to their destinations. The buses would use dedicated lanes where possible.

They would also link in with other bus services and the proposed Park & Ride to the north of the city (see related stories in Knowledgebase).

Funding will be sought for a rapid transport service linking developments to the east and west of the city (Marina and King Alfred), and the city centre to Park & Ride in the north of the city. The Council have amended their previous route plan to make Eastern Road the preferred route so that American Express and the hospital can take advantage of the proposed RTS. This was one of the recommendations included in the Economic Partnership's response to the original proposals (click on Transport icon on the left hand side of the page). Another recommendation was that North Street should be part of the route from the station to the Steine rather than West Street but this part of the route is not covered in the papers going to the P&R committee.

The A23 or Dyke Road (city centre to the north), Eastern Road, Marine Parade or Madeira Drive (to the east) and the A259 (to the west) have been investigated as possible routes.

Councillor Bodfish added, "We have an award-winning partnership with Brighton & Hove Buses and the council has been working with them on how we could deliver rapid transport. To that end the council is proposing a bus partnership agreement as part of this project."

If approved next week, details of the bus partnership and the bid for funding will be brought to the Policy & Resources committee in June.

For details of the Council's Rapid Transit Proposals click on the link below:

Read related items on:
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