LUTON DUNSTABLE BUSWAY- Realising the Dream
Colln Chick, Luton Borough Council, Keith Dove, Luton Borough Council
The paper will include a review of the first year’s operations of the busway, its impact on the local economy, as well as successes and points for learning. The paper will also provide an overview of the construction process and lessons learned.
After almost 20 years of planning /development and three years of detailed design and construction, the Luton Dunstable Busway the longest urban busway in the world opened on 24th September 2013 and services started operating the following day. In the early stages of development, five scheme-specific objectives were set, together with an overarching objective to ensure Value for Money, which formed the basis of the scheme throughout its development, construction and operational phases.
A Benefits Realisation Strategy and Evaluation Plan published in 2009 set out how the key benefits during the development, construction and operational phases of a scheme’s implementation would be achieved set against the 6 objectives. These formed the basis of a Monitoring and Evaluation Programme intended to demonstrate the performance of the scheme development and implementation. The paper will present results of that work.
A paper presented to this conference in October 2004 on the Luton Dunstable Busway summarised the preparatory work to date in developing the scheme. This Paper therefore focuses on how the objectives have been applied during the construction and operational phases of the project, including:
Objective 1 - Facilitate more reliable bus travel, as an attractive alternative to car use
• Maintaining traffic management at key stages of the works.
• Bus journey time improvements and how this “grew” bus patronage.
Objective 2 - Improving accessibility
• Construction of on street stop improvements and passenger views on these.
• Improved pedestrian/cycle connectivity to the access track alongside the Busway.
Objective 3 - Improving personal safety
• monitoring site safety and complaints during construction
• Real time and other passenger information and passenger views on these
Objective 4 - Environmentally friendly
• Environmental mitigation measures implemented during construction
Objective 5 - Supporting local planning and regeneration policies
• How the Busway route relates to planned development sites and encourages regeneration
Objective 6 - Value for Money
• Monitoring the contractors spend profile and programme
• Comparison of the actual scheme benefits with those of the Business Case
By the time of the conference the Busway will have been in operation for nearly a year. The paper will therefore also include a review of the first year’s operations, its impact on the local economy, as well as successes and points for learning. The paper will also provide an overview of the construction process and lessons learned.
Association for European Transport