Training courses for those delivering bus infrastructure
In today’s world, consultancies and councils tend to have ‘generic’ design departments – ones that design a football stadium one month, a shopping centre the next and a bus station the following month. Unfortunately, there are rarely staff specialised in any one project, and any that were, have normally retired or been relocated.
This means that the majority of bus interchanges, stops, park and ride schemes etc. are conceived and designed by staff who have not had practical experience of the bus industry.
This results in bus infrastructure that’s almost right – but not quite. The ‘almost’ means minor issues being introduced into the design that increases dwell time, decreases safety or reduces passenger convenience.