Quality Bus Partnership
The York Quality Bus Partnership (QBP) was originally established in 1999 with the principal objectives of:
- encouraging greater use of public transport in and around York;
- reducing problems caused by traffic congestion;
- improving the environment and meeting social transport needs.
The main QBP group meets quarterly, and consists of representatives from City of York Council, local bus operators and other organisations representing bus passenger interests. Additional sub-groups of the QBP meet to discuss service performance, marketing, smart and multi-operator ticketing.
Quality Bus Partnership Customer Charter
In May 2018, the QBP launched its new Customer Charter, which sets out the high standard of service that customers using bus services across the city can expect. The full text of the charter is shown below.
Bus companies will ensure:
- Fares are easy to understand and, where possible, available before boarding.
- Timetables and route maps are up to date, clear and easily available.
- Drivers are courteous, helpful and professional.
- Buses are accessible and drivers trained to offer reasonable assistance to those who need it.
- Buses are clean, comfortable and reliable.
- Feedback procedures are publicised on vehicles, timetables and company websites.
- Stakeholders are consulted about developing or changing services.
The council will ensure:
- The environment around bus stops and shelters is clean and welcoming.
- Timetables, including route maps, and information about how to get bus times by smartphone app, website and by text, are provided at all stops and are up to date.
- Major bus stops are prominently labelled and identifiable.
- Real time information screens are provided at principal bus stops.
- A map of all bus services in York is produced for passengers.
- Bus travel is prioritised over car travel when giving directions to the Council’s facilities on websites and in literature, and the Council will work with other organisations in York to help them promote bus, and the other sustainable modes, to meet their travel needs.
- The Bus Wardens are used to help passengers, deal with incidents and ensure bus stops and bus routes are kept clear of obstructions.
- Network Officers are used to keep traffic moving.
- Highway works are planned to minimise disruption to bus services and their passengers.
- Capital programming considers problems on the bus network – for example of unreliable services or poor facilities for passengers.
- Good public transport design is at the heart of planning new property developments.
- Information about how to feed back about the condition of bus stops and shelters is freely available.
Together we will:
- Consult passengers about bus services and hold meetings at which bus passengers can have a say.
- Promote public transport benefits to increase patronage.
- Promote partnership working and increase innovation.