£16k up for grabs to get tourists using public transport

A CASH boost is to be made available to help encourage tourists out of their cars and onto public transport.

Around £16,000 will be up for grabs for anyone hoping to develop easy, accessible public transport for visitors to the south and central Lake District.

The money, part of the GoLakes Travel Programme, is being made available to businesses, transport operators, community groups and parish councils across the GoLakes Travel area, which stretches from Broughton-in-Furness to the Lyth Valley, and up to Windermere, Coniston, Ambleside and Grasmere.

The aim is to support businesses and communities who want to make buses, boats and trains more attractive transport options for tourists.

Emma Moody, GoLakes Travel passenger transport adviser, said: “We’re committed to improving travel and ticketing around the south and central Lake District, so people have the best possible access to public transport links and can travel around quickly and easily – with minimum impact on our stunning landscape.

“In challenging times, this fund is a great opportunity to work in partnership with communities and local businesses to help make that vision a reality.”

The cash will be distributed during 2013 to help with improvements to public transport services, such as new or extended routes, infrastructure improvements, including bus stops and contributions to bus shelters, ticketing initiatives and improved bike-carrying facilities on buses.

Organisations can apply for up to £5,000 for any one scheme, with the funding covering up to 80% of the overall costs.

The deadline for the first round of applications will be May 7, with a second series of applications in September.

For more information, see www.golakestravel.co.uk or contact Emma Moody on 01539-796 725.

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6:55pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Adam_Kendal says...

The problem with public transport is the ticket prices. It is hideously expensive to use. £9 from Kendal to windermere one way. It's cheaper to drive!
The problem with public transport is the ticket prices. It is hideously expensive to use. £9 from Kendal to windermere one way. It's cheaper to drive! Adam_Kendal

12:19pm Sun 21 Apr 13

King Joke says...

The problem with fares is that single fares are artificially high to offset the cost of free passes for pensioners.

Much better publicity should be made for the excellent week passes for Stagecoach which are around £30.

Any cash doled out by this scheme should be conditional on each service accepting this pass, so that tourists only need to buy one pass for the whole week and go where they like.
The problem with fares is that single fares are artificially high to offset the cost of free passes for pensioners. Much better publicity should be made for the excellent week passes for Stagecoach which are around £30. Any cash doled out by this scheme should be conditional on each service accepting this pass, so that tourists only need to buy one pass for the whole week and go where they like. King Joke

4:19pm Sun 21 Apr 13

Lakeuk says...

Cheaper by car, costs me £2.60 return, average car it would be £4 return.

By train it's £4.40 single, £4.60 return - excellent value for a single person but expensive if there is a few of you -cheaper by car.

You see many buses near empty, over large buses struggling through our towns and villages, even the mini-buses struggle due to their over width frame

Is there business model floored, are they on cushy number from the council with the school run part of the business, not willing to put in an effort for a decent afford service.
Cheaper by car, costs me £2.60 return, average car it would be £4 return. By train it's £4.40 single, £4.60 return - excellent value for a single person but expensive if there is a few of you -cheaper by car. You see many buses near empty, over large buses struggling through our towns and villages, even the mini-buses struggle due to their over width frame Is there business model floored, are they on cushy number from the council with the school run part of the business, not willing to put in an effort for a decent afford service. Lakeuk

5:21pm Sun 21 Apr 13

magical trevor says...

King John....don't think the companies pay for free pensioner travel....it's paid for by the local authorities....SLDC for example.
King John....don't think the companies pay for free pensioner travel....it's paid for by the local authorities....SLDC for example. magical trevor

7:51pm Sun 21 Apr 13

life cycle too says...

It says Buses, Boats and Trains - I think any alteration to the train service will be limited by the fact the rails end in Windermere!

I suspect the rail service is already subsidised - if so the service is very limited compared with that which could be offered by a vehicle - after all they already use buses when the train cannot run!

Perhaps if they ripped the whole lot up and replaced it with a dedicated bus and cycle route, the whole thing COULD be extended into central lakes, and Staveley visitors and residents would have a service which could be accessed easily by disabled and elderly users more easily!

Another good option would be horse drawn traffic! Good for gardeners in the area too!
It says Buses, Boats and Trains - I think any alteration to the train service will be limited by the fact the rails end in Windermere! I suspect the rail service is already subsidised - if so the service is very limited compared with that which could be offered by a vehicle - after all they already use buses when the train cannot run! Perhaps if they ripped the whole lot up and replaced it with a dedicated bus and cycle route, the whole thing COULD be extended into central lakes, and Staveley visitors and residents would have a service which could be accessed easily by disabled and elderly users more easily! Another good option would be horse drawn traffic! Good for gardeners in the area too! life cycle too

9:42pm Sun 21 Apr 13

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

It's too expensive. I would like to go to Manchester soon on the train. But for 2 adults and 3 children it's too expensive and cheaper to drive. It comes down to cost. If I could get on the bus from Kendal to Ambleside for '£5 for all of us then I would. It needs to be cheaper than driving.
It's too expensive. I would like to go to Manchester soon on the train. But for 2 adults and 3 children it's too expensive and cheaper to drive. It comes down to cost. If I could get on the bus from Kendal to Ambleside for '£5 for all of us then I would. It needs to be cheaper than driving. PropMeUpWithTeabags

6:42am Mon 22 Apr 13

A view From Cumbria says...

Free bus travel for pensioners has now been transferred to Primary authorities i.e. Cumbria CC in our case.

The car will always be more versatile than the bus or train but calculations should include the costs of parking.

That is one of the idiocies of our zombie district council, it costs so much to park at Oxenholme that nearby farmers can make a profit parking people in their drives etc. Of course one of Farron's cockroaches will say Network Rail sets the prices at Oxenholme, technically true, but a better quality DC would have set the environment.

Down in Hellifield etc, in Tory controlled Craven, it is free to park at the railway station so it is worth my while to take the train into Leeds rather than driving.
Free bus travel for pensioners has now been transferred to Primary authorities i.e. Cumbria CC in our case. The car will always be more versatile than the bus or train but calculations should include the costs of parking. That is one of the idiocies of our zombie district council, it costs so much to park at Oxenholme that nearby farmers can make a profit parking people in their drives etc. Of course one of Farron's cockroaches will say Network Rail sets the prices at Oxenholme, technically true, but a better quality DC would have set the environment. Down in Hellifield etc, in Tory controlled Craven, it is free to park at the railway station so it is worth my while to take the train into Leeds rather than driving. A view From Cumbria

7:28am Mon 22 Apr 13

King Joke says...

Trevor, LAs pay part of the cost of the pensioner passes, but nowhere near the full cost. The money has to come from somewhere, particularly in areas popular with holiday makers, where operators have to resource the service with extra buses to meet demand.
Trevor, LAs pay part of the cost of the pensioner passes, but nowhere near the full cost. The money has to come from somewhere, particularly in areas popular with holiday makers, where operators have to resource the service with extra buses to meet demand. King Joke

11:54am Fri 26 Apr 13

Emma Moody says...

Unfortunately there is a misprint in my telephone number in the article above it should read 01539 792675 or you can email me emma.moody@lakedistr
ict.gov.uk
Thanks for all your comments!
Unfortunately there is a misprint in my telephone number in the article above it should read 01539 792675 or you can email me emma.moody@lakedistr ict.gov.uk Thanks for all your comments! Emma Moody

1:04pm Fri 26 Apr 13

King Joke says...

There is a need to work with hotel and B&B owners, and tourist attractions as well. Too often B&B owners will be able to regale you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of parking facilities throughout their district but stare at you blankly if you ask about PT. Many tourist attractions also list directions and detailed driving maps on their websihtes but have naff all PT information.

It is these people who need educating alongside holidaymakers.
There is a need to work with hotel and B&B owners, and tourist attractions as well. Too often B&B owners will be able to regale you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of parking facilities throughout their district but stare at you blankly if you ask about PT. Many tourist attractions also list directions and detailed driving maps on their websihtes but have naff all PT information. It is these people who need educating alongside holidaymakers. King Joke

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