17 December 2015
The Transport and Technical Services Department (TTS) has published a report which outlines the progress made against the recommendations of the Sustainable Transport Policy.
The Sustainable Transport Policy was approved by the States in December 2010. Since then TTS has been working on improving the alternatives to private car use, in line with the recommendations of the policy.
There's been significant progress in bus travel. Peak hour bus travel has increased by 33 per cent since 2010, driven in part by numerous improvements to the bus service. There's more capacity on buses, particularly on the popular routes, through the introduction of more double-deckers and improved service levels. This has been supported by better bus information available at stops and more bus shelters (an extra 47 installed since 2010).
TTS has made more short stay parking spaces available at Anne Court, the Esplanade and Snow Hill car parks. It is very rare that all short stay car parks in town are full and there is always space at Pier Road multi-storey.
There have been many improvements for cyclists. Sections of the Eastern Cycle Path have been completed and work has started on the St Peter's Valley cycle path. Town now has an extra 100 bicycle stands, and 50 more have been provided outside town.
TTS has also made walking easier and safer, particularly in the town area. For instance, new crossing facilities have been provided in Green Street, Queens Road, La Route du Fort and the Parade.
Minister for TTS, Deputy Eddie Noel said "Over the last few years TTS has been making improvements to the Island's infrastructure and public transport provision to give people a viable alternative to car travel. Bus travel has increased by a third since 2010 which is very encouraging, but if we are going to achieve a cultural change in the way people choose to use their cars, without further subsidies, we need to take a stronger approach."
Link to the progress report on the Sustainable Transport Policy