|20 August, 2013|
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Early warning that the Relbus AGM is going to be held in Haddington in August.
We’ve penciled in Barry Hutton, local resident and bus user, but also expert on public transport policy. Barry Hutton, now retired, was the founding Head of the Department of Town and Country Planning at the University of the West of England. In parallel with his academic work, primarily in transport planning, Barry was a consultant appearing as a professional witness at many local planning inquiries. As a member of the design team for Mosborough New Town, near Sheffield, he wrote a computer simulation of gridded road and public transport networks that was to be selectively adapted for Milton Keynes. He went on join the Overseas Development Agency and, living and working in Cairo, he helped establish the Egyptian National Institute of Transport. He later joined a team working for the Department of Transport creating a computer prediction of the speed-sensitive fuel consumption rates of cars, and then accepted an invitation from the United Nations to prepare a ‘Sustainable, Multi-Modal Transport Plan’ for Kosovo.
Hutton B. Planning Sustainable Transport. Routledge 978-1-84971-931-7 (Paperback £34.99)
May 8th 2013, 7pm in the Town House, Haddington.
2. Minutes of last meeting ( 21st February 2013)
3. Matters arising
4. Passenger Charter – establishment of short-life working group
5. Issues from Bus Forum, including Bus Investment Fund
6. Iain Gray’s Bill – consultation
7. Community Bus Partnerships – Morag Haddow
8. Current bus issues
9. ELC staffing issues
10. Any other business
11. Date of next meeting
Good public transport – effective, reliable, safe, and affordable – is a hallmark of a modern, forward-looking society. It liberates people who cannot drive and provides a practical alternative to those who choose not to.
This week Iain Gray MSP published his proposals for a Bill to provide transport authorities with greater powers to among other things:
- set service levels for local bus services,
- group profitable routes with non-profitable routes before they are put out to tender with operators.
While legislation exists that allows local authorities to influence the provision of bus services in their area, Iain Gray asserts these powers are scarcely used so ineffective. So much so, that the body that oversees public transport issues, Transport Scotland is interested in the proposals for change that are going to help improve bus services.
Here at Relbus we’re pretty interested too, and it will be a topic for discussion over the weeks and months ahead.
|30 April, 2013|
|10:00 am||to||12:00 pm|
We’ve just got the draft agenda for the next East Lothian Bus Forum
2nd meeting – Tuesday 30th April 2013
John Muir House, Haddington
Here are some highlights of what to expect:
- Connectivity/supported services
- Real-time Information
- Service changes/updates
- Timetabling at stops
- Passenger Charter
- Promotion of Traveline
- Location of bus stops
- Private Members Bill on Bus Regulation (Iain Gray MSP)
- Community Bus Partnerships in East Lothian (Morag Haddow, Sustaining Dunbar)
|8 April, 2013|
|7:00 pm||to||9:00 pm|
This is the notification of the next RELBUS meeting which will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 8th May in the buffet room at Haddington Town House.
Some of you should already have this date in your diaries.
The draft agenda includes the draft passenger charter, Morag’s discussion paper on community bus partnerships, anything arising from the forthcoming Bus Forum and any topical issues raised on the night.
I hope to see you there. Please send me any apologies.
Regards, Barry Turner