PBA was commissioned to prepare a report on how buses would be accommodated within central Southampton based on envisaged economic growth in a constrained city centre.
The work involved modelling predicted patronage increases, proposing options for several parts of the city centre where the bus and the need to accommodate growth needed to be considered, and assessing the proposed options.
Our detailed review considered the options to address potential pedestrianisation of some major shopping streets, new major development on the fringes of the current retail area, and accessibility of the central rail station.
The project involved engagement and consultation with a number of stakeholders with different aspirations and objectives including bus operators, the Council’s masterplanning and economic development teams, highways officers, the business community and cycling groups. This required diplomatic engagement and a demonstration of our independent and open minded approach.