SPT’s Operations Committee today, Friday 13 March, approved the Inverclyde Statutory Quality Partnership (SQP), ensuring that the provision of bus services for the area will continue to be of the highest standard.
Councillor Denis McKenna, Chair of SPT’s Operations Committee, said:
“SPT is committed to improving the delivery of bus services across the region and this new SQP with member council Inverclyde is a very positive step in the right direction.
“As with all our SQPs, this joint commitment between SPT and Inverclyde represents an evolving partnership through which we’ll be continually looking at improving the provision of bus in the area on an on-going basis.”
Inverclyde, with SPT funding assistance, have delivered a range of enhancements over the last two years including improved facilities at both Greenock and Port Glasgow bus stations; Gourock interchange and better access for buses along main corridors. A new park and ride facility in Port Glasgow has also been developed and forms an integral part of the Inverclyde SQP.
Councillor Wilson, SPT elected member for Inverclyde, said:
“I’m delighted that the Operations Committee have formally approved the Inverclyde SQP and I have no doubt that passengers will directly feel its benefit.
“A range of significant improvements have already been implemented and going forward I have every faith that bus services in the area will go from strength to strength.”
In broad terms, the Inverclyde SQP’s aims and objectives are:
- Encourage modal shift to buses
- Improve the quality of bus vehicles
- Improve the environment for the communities within the Scheme area by reducing emissions arising from car use
- Reduce carbon emissions through reduced bus journey times
- Provide improved access to bus routes and timetable information
- Improve safety and security for passengers
- Provide regular and reliable bus operations improve the relative attractiveness of public transport thereby increasing patronage and contributing to network stability and sustainability.
A statutory minimum period of three months is required prior to implementation following the ‘making’ of the SQP. Now formally approved, it is hoped the Inverclyde SQP will commence around Sunday 12 July 2015.