Great news with more bus lanes across the city

1 month ago Wed 8th Jul 2020

Southampton's bus lanes have potential to improve air quality for the long term

We have expressed our support to Southampton City Council, praising its decision to introduce dedicated bus lanes in the city. 

We have already seen a significant reduction in journey times, since the lanes came into effect, and believe the council’s Green Transport Recovery Plan can be instrumental in reducing congestion across the region. 

Dedicated bus lanes in-and-around Southampton provide an excellent opportunity to lead the way for a greener future here and really support our bluestar promise campagain where we still want people to convert from car to bus journeys in the city centre. 

Since Southampton City Council introduced a lane scheme on the eastern side of the city, bus journey times along these routes have reduced by an average of more than three minutes in each direction. 

The A3024 Bursledon Road corridor is an important route, providing strategic access into the city centre from the east and - given the improvements we have already seen - this is our chance to embrace green and efficient transport here. 

Frequent and reliable bus services not only benefit customers, they can improve air quality for the wider community. When at full capacity, just one double decker bus - with its low emissions engine - has the potential to take up to 75 cars off the road. This is most certainly our aim for the future, once Southampton emerges from lockdown.

We understand that there has been some opposition to the introduction of lanes here, particularly in Bitterne, but we urge local people to consider the long term benefits sustainable bus travel can bring to Southampton. This is an opportunity to create a cleaner and greener environment for all.