Big Local Transport Study – Final report
Background to the Transport Study
When we did our original Big Local consultation some people had concerns that could broadly be described as transport related. So as part of our Plan for the first two years of the project we said that we would conduct a Transport Study to get some more detailed information on how people get about in their daily lives, where they go, how they get there and where they would like to go. From this we would hope to be able to see if there was something that could be done to improve things.
The Partnership Board chose a company called Tiller Research to do the work for us who are experienced in conducting studies and community transport related issues. The report finding will be considered when compiling our new Plan for the next few years.
Their final report can be read by clicking on this link.
Scope of the study
The Partnership Board recognise that transport can be both expensive and logistically complicated to operate. In order to make a lasting impact, it is important for Big Local projects to have the potential to be sustainable beyond an initial funding period. It is also important to understand the work that would be involved with undertaking potential projects, and to take account of the capacity of the group when choosing priorities for action.
For these reasons, it was agreed that the transport study would not focus on identifying new projects or services to be set up and run by Big Local Arley and Ansley in the longer term. Instead, the agreed focus was to identify possible projects/activities that met one or more of the following criteria:
- A short-term project with potential to create a long-term benefit (e.g. raising awareness of existing services; providing evidence of need to present to other organisations to shape their future plans);
- Supporting existing providers to develop their current services (e.g. supporting expansion or capacity building to allow a provider to increase the number of local residents able to access their service);
- Working with partner organisations to trial or set up new services (e.g. provide start-up funding and/or support for a new service, where there is a clear demand for the suggested service and a realistic prospect of the service being sustainable beyond the end of the funding period).
Contents of the study
The list of sections and sub sections in the final report are shown below. Section 4 contains the possible projects that have been identified as a result of the study with a summary of the pros and cons for each idea. Their final report can be read by clicking on this link.
Section 1 – Introduction
1.2 Key Research Questions
1.3 Capacity and Sustainability
1.4 Research Components
1.4.1 Transport Questionnaire
1.4.2 Information from Transport Providers and Strategic Stakeholders
Section 2 – Community Questionnaire Results
2.1 Responses Received
2.2 Modes of Transport used by Residents
2.3 Transport Difficulties
2.4 Use of Transport for Specific Purposes
2.4.1 Travel to Work
2.4.2 Travel to School or College
2.4.3 Travel for Shopping
2.4.4 Travel to Medical Appointments
2.4.5 Travel for Leisure and Social Activities
2.5 Other Key Points
Section 3 – Key Findings from Transport Providers
3.1 Transport options in New Arley, Old Arley and Ansley Village
3.2 Strategic Plans
3.3 Review of the 17/18 Bus Route
3.4 Opportunities for Additional Bus Routes
3.5 Community Transport
3.6 Wheels 2 Work
Section 4 – Brief Appraisal of Possible Projects
4.1 Additional or Expanded Bus Routes
4.2 Supporting a ‘Fare Initiative’ on the 17/18 Bus Route
4.3 Car Sharing Scheme
4.4 Community Bus
4.5 Volunteer Car Scheme
4.6 New Railway Station
4.7 Wheels 2 Work
4.8 Transport Information Pack
Section 5 – Concluding Remarks
Update on the 17 & 18 bus route
As some of you may have seen in the articles in Arley News there are likely to be changes to the 17 & 18 bus routes operated by Stagecoach in the near future. As part of this transport study Big Local have had a meeting with the managing director of Stagecoach Midlands and Warwickshire County Council (WCC) about the future of the routes.
We were told that it is the decline in the number of off peak passengers on the routes over the last couple of years that is making the routes uneconomic; this includes both concession pass holder and fare paying passengers.
As a result we are exploring the feasibility of a short term project between Big Local, Stagecoach and WCC to improve the passenger numbers. We are currently waiting for a proposal from Stagecoach on the details of the scheme, so we cannot publish any details as yet, but all three parties are interested in progressing the project. When more details are available they will be published on this web page.