The Leeds Public Transport Improvement Programme (also known as LPTIP or the £173.5m), is expected to deliver a step change with regards to public transport. In order to understand how effective it is, it is essential to understand what can be measured and ensure that these statistics improve to provide a more effective public transport system.
The investment needs to be reviewed to ensure that it is used to improve public transport. Money could end up being diverted into other programmes with tenuous links to public transport.
Passenger Information Screens
One of the headline figures is 1,000 more bus stops with real time information screens.
Currently there are 424 bus stops with real time information screens, plus the 20+ bays at Leeds bus station, two large screens at Pudsey bus station overlooking six stops and one large screen over the bus stops at the White Rose Centre.
Bus Priority Measures
In November 2012, a report was submitted to the Scrutiny Board (Sustainable Economy and Culture) with regards to Bus Services in Leeds. It identified that Leeds had a total of 20.5km (12.8 miles) of buses lanes within the Leeds District, 4.1 km (2.6 miles) of Bus Guideway and 5.5 KM (3.4 miles) of High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes. A small number of schemes have been added to this since the report was produced. However, it leaves number of congested gaps on many radial routes into Leeds that should be reviewed and improved. There should be more bus priority measures as a result of LPTIP.
Bus Lanes Cameras
There are 31 bus lane cameras in Leeds at the moment (with two having just been installed). An increase in the number of bus priority measures is likely to require an increase in the number of bus lane cameras.