Bus Connectivity Project

Bus Connectivity Project

Living Streets’ Bus Connectivity Project developed a new approach to test and improve links between public transport and walking. This Scottish Government funded project worked in 20 locations across Scotland, to determine what the barriers are to walk to local bus stops and for interchange between bus stops and train stations.

The Bus Connectivity project captured people’s experiences of walking to catch a bus, looking at issues affecting the walking environment on approach to the bus stops, as well as the condition of the bus stops themselves.

Across all locations it was the quality of the walking route which was found lacking, with obstructions and a lack of tactile paving or crossing points being common issues. Not having resting places, toilets and signage were found to have a much more significant impact on the overall journey quality for disabled people, and bus stations were found to be overwhelming for people with autism.

Working with communities and partners, the project came up with solutions to overcome these barriers, and support walking to local bus stops and for interchange. The aspiration is to deliver improvements in some of these locations with our project partners in local authorities.

These recommendations have formed the basis of the Bus Stop Toolkit, which also includes information on potential funding sources for improvements.

The toolkit is designed to make it easier for local authorities or community groups to improve access to bus stops and transport hubs. 

Download the toolkit