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VIVALDI Report Summary

Project ID: 11958
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH
Country: United Kingdom

Improving public transport in Bristol (UK)

Result description
The Intermodal Trip Planner (ITP) promotes the use of non-car modes by providing door-to-door journey plans for bus, walking and cycling trips within the city. Integrated Pricing & Electronic Payment: The scheme has not yet been launched to the public. New PT Contracts/Bus Priority and Real Time Info Bus priority and RTI provision have been extended. Two buses were fitted with particulate filters reducing Hydrocarbons and Carbon Monoxide by a minimum of 50% and Particulate Matter by up to 90%. 22 buses were fitted with particulate traps removing over 90% of particulate matter, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide.

In addition to the extension through VIVALDI of the on-street RTI system to include 75 bus stops. Interchange Facilities: This measure aims to improve facilities and services for travel by and transfer between a range of non-car modes including bus-rail, bus-bus, and Park & Ride. Park & Ride: The evaluation results have shown that there has been a high increase in the number of passengers using the P&R services over the VIVALDI project timescale. A Taxi-Sharing service was implemented in an area of Bristol that was poorly served by conventional public transport services. After 6 months the scheme had 125 members. The Cycle Resource Centre (partnership between the Council with the Mud Dock Café/Cycleworks) offers a range of services: secure cycle parking, shower/changing facilities, repair facilities.

Main innovative features/benefits
The ITP provides information on public transport, cycling and walking, allowing users to compare solutions and travel options (first UK journey planner to provide integrated cycling solutions in an urban context). The development of an integrated pricing strategy between modes and operators is a novel approach in the UK where deregulation has resulted in an increase in the number of operators. New Portway Park & Ride site and dedicated bus service, and package of measures to improve the usage and attractiveness of this and an existing site on the A4 Bath Road. Taxi-Sharing combines the flexibility of a demand responsive service with the efficiency of shared journeys and is the first service of its kind to operate in an urban area. Intermodal integration - Walk and Ride, Bike and Ride:Implementation of the UK’s first purpose-built Cycle Resource Centre.

Market or application sectors & possible applications
Integrated Pricing & Electronic Payment Using one company to manage scheme integration, and thereby acting as one point of contact, would have been more convenient, faster and more secure for this scheme. New PT Contracts/Bus Priority and Real Time Info This project has demonstrated that Showcase Bus Routes can enhance trade for local shops. Interchange Facilities Close partnership working is needed to develop and implement access and interchange improvements focused on a particular site. P&R The key lessons learned from the implementation of the P&R scheme are that with major works of this type there is a need for thorough planning and strong project management. Taxi / Public Transport Integration Taxi operators and users are cautious about participating in a new type of transport scheme. It is also evident that the scheme required a targeted and coordinated marketing campaign. Intermodal integration - Walk and Ride, Bike and Ride The Mud Dock Cafe, which operates the CRC, is a private organisation, which meant that the cost of designing and running the centre needed to be commercially viable.

The project has shown that it is not commercially viable to implement a CRC on its own. Potential barriers ITP A lack of raw data such as incomplete electronic bus timetable information and incomplete walking and cycling networks; At the time of development there was no suitable map base containing the required transport information. This created more work as a database of one-way streets and banned turns had to be created manually. Ordnance Survey have since produced an Integrated Transport Network layer which includes this data. Taxi / Public Transport Integration The Taxi-Sharing scheme is the first of its kind in an urban area in the UK. The fact that it is a new type of service caused confusion regarding booking arrangements and use of the service.

The innovative nature of the scheme proved to be a barrier to its implementation, in that it deterred private hire operators from tendering for the contract. Intermodal integration - Walk and Ride, Bike and Ride The owner of the CRC has recommended that anyone considering developing a similar scheme should ensure a design and build contract at a fixed price that has a partnership agreement made to ensure collective responsibility. A packaged rather than a piecemeal approach will lead to greater ownership of the project and reduce problems caused by contractors protecting their own interests at the expense of the project.

Reported by

Bristol City Council, Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development
Transport Initiatives Group, Floor 1, Wilder House, Wilder Street
BS2 8PH Bristol
United Kingdom
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