An agreement between TfWM and major bus operators ensures the continued operation of bus services, averting potential cuts following the ending of UK government COVID-19 support funding.
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James Bullen, MaaS Project Lead at Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), discusses the intricacies of developing Mobility-as-a-Service systems that works seamlessly across all transport modes with Intelligent Transport’s Leah Hockley, and explains why it is reaching such an exciting point for the industry.
These new electric buses will allow National Express to help boost the country's economy by accelerating the decarbonisation of the West Midlands' transport network and supporting skilled jobs in bus manufacturing across the UK.
In addition to supporting customers amidst the cost-of-living crisis, the fare freeze will encourage more residents and visitors across the West Midlands to travel using the tram network.
A total of 26 bus services of the 39 that had been at risk of withdrawal have been saved, following a six-week review which looked at passenger demand, value for money for the taxpayer and availability of alternative services in the area.
The trial merger of West Midlands Bus On Demand and Ring & Ride will run throughout 2023 and will provide customers of both services with access to more vehicles, longer hours of operation and wider coverage.
Provided as part of the West Midlands' Bus Service Improvement Plan, the frozen fares will help ease the pressure of the cost-of-living-crisis for people across the region, while also reducing the number of cars on the roads.
As part of the new partnership, Uber customers will be able to book affordable and environmentally friendly National Express coach services through the Uber app.
Transport for West Midlands’ new multi-operator contactless payment option will allow residents and visitors to benefit from convenient and cost-efficient public transport by simply tapping on and off buses in the region.
The new investment will allow National Express Ireland to accelerate the decarbonisation of its public transit fleets by procuring zero-emission vehicles, including hydrogen-powered coaches for inter-city coach travel.
By significantly improving connectivity to the wider region, the new extension will support local businesses, as well as provide visitors to the 2022 Commonwealth Games with a convenient and frequent transit service.
The Bus Service Improvement Plan aims to enhance the West Midlands' bus network by increasing service frequency, introducing lower fares and more transport safety officers.
The West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme has attracted well over 2,000 new e-bike users, with more than 8,000 individuals having used the e-bikes over the past six months.
With the help of volunteers with disabilities, WMCA will trial the new journey planning app, which aims to remove barriers on public transport for people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.
The Zero Emission Buses Regional Area scheme has awarded 12 local transport authorities with a portion of £198.3 million to purchase zero-emission buses, which will equate to 943 alternative power buses being rolled-out on England's roads.