We will be working with a number of partners on different elements and stages of the Transforming Travel - TCF programme.
Public Health Dorset
Public Health Dorset aims to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of the population across Dorset with an emphasis on reducing health inequalities. Their aim is to help as many people as possible stay healthier for longer.
We already work closely with colleagues in Public Health Dorset. Through the Transforming Travel programme we will work together to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of the programme, and help us review and interpret data relating to air quality and health indices.
Bus operator partnerships
We will be working extensively with our bus operator partners to help us deliver changes to bus infrastructure across the conurbation. We will speed up journey times and introduce more reliable route times. We'll also work with them to roll out a new smart travel app that will enable users to transfer their ticket from one bus operator to another.
The more brand, with its distinctive blue livery was first seen on the Poole to Bournemouth m1 and m2 routes in 2004 when an investment of £4 million was made in a fleet of 30 new Volvo single-deck buses which have subsequently been rolled out across the network.
Yellow Buses was named Shire Operator of the Year in the UK Bus Awards 2009, Shire Operator of the Year 2010 and Route One Operator of Excellence 2010. Each year Yellow Buses carry just under 15 million passengers on their 131-strong bus fleet, clocking up nearly five million miles across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and east Dorset.
Beryl Bikes provides rentable bicycles around the Bournemouth and Poole areas, with 1,000 bikes and 219 docking stations. They have a convenient app that allows users to find the nearest docking station and a range of rental prices. They can also signpost people to cycle training.
The Transforming Travel - TCF programme will see the expansion of the existing Beryl Bike scheme across a wider area, and the incorporation of e-bikes across the network, broadening their appeal with ease of access, as well as enabling their use for longer distance journeys.
Cycling UK will help us deliver end-of-trip facilities for employers/businesses, linking the programme’s End of Trip Facilities Grant Scheme with their Cycle Friendly Employer Accreditation Scheme. Cycling UK will, at a later stage, conduct assessments and certificates when businesses pass their assessments.
We will be working in partnership with Sustrans to hold a Commuter Challenge event at a future date, once the current coronavirus pandemic situation allows.
Arts University Bournemouth
The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) identifies Bournemouth University and Arts University of Bournemouth as areas for growth, as well as already making significant economic impact across the region and contributing a live engine for creative innovation.
The importance of improving travel and access for all university users is essential, particularly where it is focused towards sustainable travel. The Transforming Travel programme will enhance connectivity and access by sustainable modes from residential areas within the south-east Dorset city region, as well as working with both universities to improve end-of-trip facilities for staff and students.
The final Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC) submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT) was supported by third party contribution funding from key stakeholders including local bus operators Morebus and Yellow Buses.
The programme will also engage with education providers, from primary school to higher education, Bournemouth Airport, the NHS and other major employers in the area to look at sustainable transport options for both businesses and their employees.
The programme will have a number of projects in different areas that will continue until 2023.
The programme will:
- improve transport links across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area
- create better links and connectivity between the north to south of the area including Wimborne, Ferndown and other parts of Dorset.