Birmingham City Council is asking residents and people who travel in Birmingham to take part in a survey, aimed at finding out what people think of the city’s buses – whether they use the services for don’t.
Birmingham City Council is currently working to create a clean air city, including the introduction of a Clean Air Zone from 2020. A key part of this work involves encouraging people to change their travel habits by switching from private cars to more sustainable forms of transport.
Reduction in bus use
However, while figures show good levels of satisfaction among bus users across the West Midlands, the total number of journeys being made by bus in the region is declining year on year. In particular, there has been a decrease in the number of bus trips into the city centre.
Bus travel experiences
The Birmingham Bus Survey seeks to better understand people’s experiences of bus travel and how it can be improved to encourage greater take-up, which in turn would help reduce air pollution and congestion on the city’s roads.
The survey, which closes on 1 March, can be accessed here.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “Buses are absolutely vital here in Birmingham and across the West Midlands. However, bus usage across the region has been decreasing, particularly among those who have been travelling into the city centre.
“I want to know what could be done to encourage people to make more of their journeys by bus and to ensure the bus is seen as an attractive, accessible and affordable option for every citizen of Birmingham.
“To this end, I am launching the Birmingham Bus Survey and invite anyone who travels in Birmingham to respond, whether they currently use the bus, by choice or necessity, or haven’t caught a bus in years.
“In fact, if we are to get to the heart of why more people are not using the bus, it is essential that we hear from those very people who are NOT regular bus users.
“The responses will enable us to help improve reliability of bus services across Birmingham and campaign with transport providers here in our city for a more accessible, more affordable network of buses right across the city which caters for the needs of our citizens.”