Network St Albans, also known as the St Albans Quality Network Partnership (QNP), is a voluntary partnership bringing together local authorities, public transport operators alongside transport experts. The partnership is the first of its kind in the UK and is a national exemplar for improving public transport at the local level. Network St Albans has been developed as a result of changes outlined in the Local Transport Act 2008, which has allowed transport operators to work together alongside Local Authorities in order to enhance public transport services. The partnership is underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding, signed by all members
The overarching objective of Network St Albans is to provide residents of and visitors to St Albans with a real and attractive alternative for many of the journeys currently made by private car. The partnership's aim is to reduce traffic congestion and continuously improve public transport within and around the city of St Albans by implementing a variety of different measures.
In September 2011 funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) was secured for the QNP as Key Component funding of the major LSTF project. The second phase of LSTF announced in June 2012 is for the major project itself, which provides funding from September 2012 - September 2015. This will be supported and administered by two full time Coordinators employed to help deliver and develop the project, both of whom will be located within the Centre for Sustainable Communities.
The Key Component funding has allowed the partnership to achieve;
- Increased bus frequency on specific routes run by UNO due to two new additional buses being added to the UNO fleet which have been purchased through the LSTF.
- Arriva have also made changes to service timings to improve reliability during Monday to Friday rush hour, thanks to the purchase of a new bus which is also funded by the LSTF.
- Evening service routes have been revised on Mondays to Saturdays and timings have been changed to improve connections with rail services and other bus routes.
- Development of the St Albans BUSnet multi-operator ticket.
- New bus network maps and route specific marketing have been introduced by the Network St Albans Partnership.
- The LSTF is helping to support the costs of new ticket machines for Metroline, and a vehicle upgrade and route branding for Sullivan Buses.
- Working with and integrating the new initiative for developing and implementing railway station Travel Plan Strategies at both the St Albans and Hatfield stations.
Having secured the next phase of LSTF funding this will allow the partnership to continue its work for at least a further three years. It is hoped that similar partnerships will be developed in Watford and Hemel Hempstead areas which will improve the public transport links within and between these three areas.
- Compiled by Scott Copsey
- Stephen Joseph (Chair)
- Ashleigh Taylor
- Sue Walsh
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More information can be found on the QNP website Network St Albans website, created in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council