According to reports the Tory controlled Peterborough City Council are amongst a group of councils that will carry out government-funded study in a bid to win a £24 million ‘future city’ prize.
Peterborough will receive an initial £50,000 to complete feasibility studies showing how “…they could integrate their transport, communications and other infrastructure to improve the local economy, increase quality of life and reduce impact on the environment.”
Commenting, local Lib Dem ward councillor Darren Fower said:
“Obviously the Tories will have their own ideas, from from the offset I would urge them to look at improving the infrastructure for increased bus usage. Why? Well using the bus increases greater social interaction and understanding of ones local society and of course helps reduce car usage, which in turn reduces the number of accidents on the roads and reduces carbon emissions.
“The rule with getting people to use the bus is simple, make it comfortable, reliable and enjoyable and people WILL use them. In Werrington, for example, we still have well used stops that have no bus shelter, and the bottom line is that no one likes to stand in the rain waiting for a bus before heading to work. So lets get a shelter on every stop in Werrington and Gunthorpe.
“The lets use technology to present information at these shelters while people wait for the bus, number provide free wi-fi, display units showing local news that in turn could have associated advertising incorporated. On top of these ideas, we need to see more bus lanes introduced where feasible throughout the city to ensure the regularity of buses and prevent what we have now which is once rush hour starts buses falling out of sync of their ten minutes commitment.”
Read the full article here: City council to bid for £24 million prize – Business News – Peterborough Telegraph.