Last evening I attended the Sustainable Transport Task Force (STTF) meeting. The working groups reported to the meeting their findings. The group considering the Experimental Active Travel Lanes (ETALs) better known as bus lanes made the following recommendations. Data and Traffic Modelling collated so far is insufficient to prove that the lanes have increased walking or cycling. Due to Covid impact it is unlikely that any further data is going to change this view. Data in the form of feedback and rejections sent to the strategic transport inbox was requested from CWAC were NOT supplied to the group.
This was recommended:
- The current infrastructure on Liverpool Road and Boughton is immediately paused. For the purpose of clarity pause means to immediately suspend the operation of the lanes much the same as happened near the beginning.
- Engagement and Consultation to be carried out with residents to explore ideas that shape how to change or replace the lanes.
- Proper Modelling and testing of any solution before it is made permanent.
These recommendations were carried by the SSTF and so will go to the council. The council is ultimately responsible for making the decision on how to proceed.
This is just the beginning of the process and STTF has an opportunity to shape what happens going forwards but the ball is now in CWACs court on how to proceed based on the initial recommendations.