The West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan Partnership has been rewarded with the extra funding because the 4 minute eight second average is three seconds quicker than a trajectory which, assuming a 5% increase in traffic, predicts a 4 minutes and 20 second average per mile by 2011.
Local Transport Plan measures which have helped keep average journey times ahead of target include the construction and extension of bus lanes, vehicle tracking systems which give buses priority at traffic lights and work to enforce bus lanes.
Future plans include more bus gates, bus lanes, junction improvements and opportunities for passengers to buy tickets at off-bus locations which reduces stopping times.
“Attracting this considerable chunk of funding by exceeding targets will enable Metro and its partners to introduce more extensive measures that could keep journey speeds ahead of target,” said Metro Chairman Councillor Chris Greaves.
“And by continuing to stay ahead of targets, we can attract a further £1m of extra DfT funding over the next two years, which would enable us to implement for even more projects,” he added.
Notes to Editors
Average person journey times per mile are measured for car and public transport travel on 13 specific routes in West Yorkshire during the morning peak
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Congestion Target Delivery Plan