Getting around in Essex

IMG_5248Essex County Council has launched its bus strategy and consultation. The consultation, called Getting around in Essex, will help the council to listen to residents’ views on how to improve the county’s bus and passenger transport network.

The consultation runs until March 31st 2015.

Buses still provide a vital link between communities and help the day-to-day running of the county’s businesses, education and health services. The questionnaire will help the council and its partners to review the bus service currently delivered across the county to shape the service to deliver greater economic and social benefits for the people who travel around and work in Essex.

Essex County Councillor Rodney L. Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “This strategy will focus on building long term and sustained partnerships with bus operators to strengthen the network and grow passenger numbers.  It will help to review current services, look at getting better value from the transport services Essex County Council supports and reduce overall costs without significantly impacting services.”

The consultation focuses on eight areas:

  • Better partnership working
  • A clearer commitment to quality
  • Measures to grow passenger numbers
  • Better targeted support for those services that are taxpayer funded
  • Better information for customers
  • Services that are better tailored to local needs
  • Integrated and smart ticketing
  • Focused local planning

To read the strategy go to www.essex.gov.uk/busreview.

To answer the survey questions visit consultation on bus and passenger transport strategy. Alternatively, contact Healthwatch on 01376 572829 between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday except for public holidays to complete the survey over the telephone.

Hard copies of the strategy will be available at local libraries or to request copy of the summary, which includes a paper copy of the survey for you to complete, please call 0845 743 0430 or email contact@essex.gov.uk.

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