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World Lead Story: Issue Issue 15 3 Sep 2010

Is it time to follow the Dutch bus model?

PTEG argues that the Netherlands has found the right approach

Andrew Garnett

A new report produced by the Passenger Transport Executive Group aims to set out the lessons for the UK from the “public transport laboratory” of the Netherlands. PTEG says that the document, produced by Dutch consultants Inno-V, lifts the lid on the development of Dutch public transport networks over the last decade since the widespread adoption of franchising models for bus and, in some cases, rail networks. It adds that it is the first time that transport policy makers in the UK...

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7 Sep 2010

"passenger volumes that were declining have now stabilised"

According to Dutch statistics average trip distance and frequency of bus/tram/metro has declined significantly over the period from 2000-2007: 25% fall in distance and 11% fall in trips.

Perhaps something better has happened since 2007 (the last year for which data are available publicly) but I doubt it.

Maybe the Dutch system is better, but the Dutch, with virtually the lowest bus use in Europe, are hardly a best practice model.