UK trying to revolutionise public transport via digital payments and more
Main issues: The United Kingdom is trying to revolutionise public transport—combining digital payment and planning systems and autonomous driving and demand-responsive transport service design—and this could have implications for cities everywhere.
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Main facts/points :
- The decline of the bus sector in the UK, marked by reduced government funding, service cuts, and decreasing usage, poses significant challenges for public transportation.
- New technologies and services showing promise:
- The emergence of trackless trams, incorporating GPS and Lidar technology, presents a promising alternative to traditional tram systems, offering cost-effective and efficient solutions.
- Self-driving public transport prototypes, such as the CAVForth and Mi-Link services in the UK, aim to integrate autonomous technology within the existing transport infrastructure, addressing issues related to operational costs and efficiency.
- The success of the demand-responsive transport (DRT) service, MK Connect, in Milton Keynes, reflects the need for adaptable and responsive transport systems, catering to evolving travel requirements.
- Challenges in innovation:
- The introduction of the HertsLynx service in Hertfordshire highlights the challenges in implementing effective DRT solutions, emphasizing the need for further development and refinement in the context of rural transportation.
- It's important to continuously reevalaute public transport systems and digital planning can help.
- England witnessed a 15% drop in bus use outside London between 2010-11 and 2018-19.
- Scotland experienced a 22% decline in bus use since 2007-08.
- MK Connect manages approximately 40,000 trips each month in Milton Keynes.
- HertsLynx operates about 2,600 passenger trips per month.
Original link / source / date of update:
The Conversation, theconversation.com/self-driving-buses-that-go-wherever-you-want-how-the-uk-is-trying-to-revolutionise-public-transport-214323, 29.09.2023