Cambridge Area Bus Users
Working for bus passengers in and around Cambridge
Our vision: making buses a great choice
- To represent, and campaign on behalf of, bus passengers in and around Cambridge.
- To be recognised by local authorities as consultees representing local bus users.
- Reliable frequent affordable buses
- Services should be frequent enough to take the anxiety out of waiting.
- Operators and local authorities should co-operate to make timings reliable.
- Many fares are too high: fares should be reduced through increased ridership, where possible, and revenue support, where necessary.
- Buses which take you where you want to go
- Routes should match people’s intended journeys – surveys of passengers and non-users should be ongoing.
- Busway and P&R services should serve more stops in Cambridge.
- Wherever possible, services (including P&R) should cross the city centre, giving through journey options.
- Use of P&R sites as ‘hubs’ with connecting routes should be considered.
- Local authorities should generate funding for routes or parts of routes which are not commercially viable.
- Improved ticketing, connections and boarding
- Cross-operator ticketing ought to be the norm.
- ‘Hopper’ fares should be offered, taking the financial pain out of changing buses.
- Zonal ticketing needs reform to remove the steep rise in fare between (eg) Sawston and Stapleford.
- Pre-paid tickets should be available at key sites, to speed boarding.
- Bus stops should be clearly marked, on good hard-standing, offer protection from the weather, be kept clean, with raised kerbs to allow easy boarding.
- Excellent bus information
- Current, accurate route and timetable information should be displayed at all stops.
- Information about key fares and payment methods should be provided, to avoid queries when passengers board the bus.
- Prominent information boards detailing routes, service numbers and stop locations should be installed at key sites (eg Addenbrooke’s, city centre, rail station).
- Attractive cleaner, greener buses
- Buses should address climate change, aiming for zero CO2 by 2050.
- Buses should avoid adding to PM10 PM2.5 and NOx emissions.
- Buses should be clean, inside and out, well lit, with on-board audio-visual route information.