Presentation on theme: "A High Quality Public Transport System for the Crawley, Gatwick, Horley Area Tex to welcome and invite introductions…"— Presentation transcript:
1A High Quality Public Transport System for the Crawley, Gatwick, Horley Area Tex to welcome and invite introductions…
2Government Policy National policy ‘From workhorse to thoroughbred’ bus policy document 1999‘The 10 year transport plan’ 2000Regional policySEEDA’s regional transport strategy 1999RPG9 planning policy guidance 2001
3Local Policy Local transport plan six objectives choicesafetyintegrationenvironmenteconomicaccessibilityCrawley Urban Transport PlanCrawley Horley Gatwick Integrated Transport Plan
4Early Development1995/95Major review of Crawley’s existing transport network through a local consultative forum ;1996Crawley Transport Plan identifies need for a radical improvement in PT provision. Plan also recognised the relationship in terms of travel demand between Crawley, Gatwick Airport and Horley;1997Local Authority and BAA partnership establishedFeasibility study commissioned to consider all options including trams. Recommends a bus based solution inc. bus priority & dedicated road space;Integrated Transport Plan covering wider area published.
5Development continued ….. 1998second consultants’ study confirmed the principle of developing a bus based system of core routespartnership widened to include British Airways, Go-Ahead and Metrobus.1999/00Submissions to DfT via Local Transport plan for approval and funding contributions
6Expected GrowthLarge housing allocations expected in the Crawley, Gatwick, Horley and East Grinstead area;Continued growth in business, retail and leisure sectors in Crawley;Gatwick Airport to grow as a single runway two terminal airport handling up to 40 million passengers per annum by 2010.
7Why a guided bus ?Greater accessibility/maximum penetration into residential areasgreater flexibility for route choice and designno costly infrastructure constraintminimised land take (generally within existing highway boundary through road space re-allocation)requires no special powers to implement (although Rail Inspectorate approval required)deliverable at an affordable price and in a comparatively short time
8Fastway Objectives Widen travel choice Improve road and personal safetyIntegrationEconomic performanceEnvironmental enhancementAccessibility
9Fastway is …A new fast, frequent, reliable and high quality bus service between key origins and destinationsa major integrated transport system - an ‘intelligent’, comfortable and efficient alternative to the private carequipped with the latest ‘smart’ technology such asreal-time passenger informationautomatic vehicle location to help maintain schedulesdedicated lanes and priority at traffic lights
10Modal Shift Benefits By 2008, it is predicted that Fastway will :- remove 1000 car trips from the Fastway corridor in the peak hourincrease peak hour bus use by 60%increase daily bus use by 29% (5500 trips)achieve 9000 passengers per daysignificantly reduce traffic growth that would otherwise prevail
11Fastway Firsts the first in south-east England; the first in the world to be built outside a major city;the first in the world to be built by a partnership of localauthorities and private companies;the first in the world to serve an international airport;the first in the world to be built from the start as an integral partof a hi-tech public transport system incorporating automaticvehicle detection and pre-trip and in-trip passenger informationas well as automatic traffic signal priority;and ….the seventh permanent bus ‘guideway’ in the world.
12Fastway Partnership West Sussex County Council Surrey County Council BAA London GatwickCrawley Borough CouncilReigate and Banstead Borough CouncilMetrobusGo-AheadBritish AirwaysDepartment for Transport
14Phasing Phase 1 Bewbush to Crawley town centre Crawley town centre Gatwick AirportPhase 2Town Centre to Manor Royal EstatePhase 3aGatwick RoadHorleyPhase 3bTown Centre to Three Bridges StationHazelwick Avenue
15Technical Stuff Core Route (24km) comprising of 11km of bus lane; 2km of concrete guideway with 180mm kerb guidance;40 modified junctions;improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities;an Urban Traffic Control system; andReal Time Passenger Information both at stops and on buses
16Issues taxis construction works shelters bus gate vandalism funding flexibilitytaxis
17Procedures & Initiatives Appointment of Specialist Communication AgencyA full time Customer Care officer to manage community relationsPromotion and marking of the Fastway brandUse of Engineering Construction Contract - offers partnering opportunitiesAdoption of CIB considerate contractor schemeA ‘Fastway Team’ partnershipAchieves best practice as promoted by Commission for Integrated Transport
24Costs and Funding Private / public funding package of £32 million £16.4 million of government support£15 million from private sector anticipatedBAA gatwick commitment reaffirmedOperator commitmentS106 development contributions……...
25Funding Infrastructure Dept for Transport £16.6m £19.5m West Sussex CC £0.6m £5.5mSurrey CC £0.5m £1.0mBAA Gatwick £4.0m £1.0m (off airport)Developer Contributions £7.2m £3.0m£28.9m £30.0m+£3m on airport BAAVehicle CostsMetrobus £3.0m
26Early Conclusions Fastway :- has the potential to have a real impact in meeting future travel needs in the Crawley Gatwick areawill help, through modal shift, to reduce the growth in traffic otherwise predicted in the area;will enable Gatwick Airport to continue to grow and will facilitate other sustainable developments in the area;fully meets the government’s transport agenda of providing people with choice and travel opportunities for those who might otherwise be excluded;achieves best practice promoted by the Commission for Integrated Transport through integrated institutional and funding arrangements, providing public transport co-ordination, quality and affordability and making balanced use of street space.
27Early Conclusions“The Fastway partners are delivering an exciting project that is well supported locally. It has raised many challenges and continues to raise diverse challenges for technical experts and politicians alike as it progresses.”
28The Fastway QBP Took over from Steering Group Protect brand and develop the conceptSurveys and comparisonsStrong growth has continuedStrong partnership approach has continuedFrom workhorse to thoroughbred to stud