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Urban Design Compendium


Public Transport

New developments should provide for a direct bus route, or failing that easy access to an existing route.

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This automatic bus gate, Cambridge,ensures bus priority.

Public Transport Catchments:

  • A bus route will be viable if there are enough people within a 400 m radius. This generally requires a density of above 80 people per hectare
  • Links to existing transport routes should be strengthened
  • Few schemes will justify a light rail system/ tram and even fewer will merit a new train station

Encourage use of buses by making it a convenient option:

  • Provide clear, direct routes to the bus stop
  • Locate bus stops where activity takes place, near shops, a road junction
  • Provide effectively provisioned bus lanes and bus priority at junctions

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