West Berkshire Council bus survey

Published: 11 July 2023

In 2021 the Government launched the National Bus Strategy setting out its vision of improved bus services. It also provided local authorities with additional funding to “build back better” bus services via the Bus Service Improvement Plans. The main aim is to encourage more people to travel by bus but this can be achieved only if buses are made more practical and attractive as an alternative to the car.

Over the last few years, West Berkshire Council (WBC) has been working with local residents to gather thoughts and feedback on local bus services. In summer 2021, WBC asked for opinions to help form the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) which outlined how the council, working with bus operators in the district, would improve bus services in order to receive extra finding. This helped the council win an award of £2.6 million.

Last summer WBC asked about changes and improvements made so far, to find out how satisfied residents were with local public bus services.

Now, WBC has launched a new Bus Survey to help it gather views on ticketing improvements in the last year, the £2 National Single Fare Cap Scheme, people’s experiences of the service in recent months, suggestions for improvements, changes to existing services, and views on new bus services to be introduced in the coming months.

The survey is available online at https://westberks.gov.uk/wbbussurvey2023

Paper copies are also available on request by calling 01635 519394 or e-mailing transport@westberks.gov.uk

The deadline for completing the survey is midnight on Sunday 10 September