I read with some incredulity the comments of your 'expert panel' on integrated transport (NCE 6 July). By definition 'integrated transport' must mean integrating various modes of travel, not promoting pet public transport schemes.
May I suggest the following means of achieving this aim:
Across platform transfer between bus and rail.
Through fares between bus/ bus and bus/rail.
Secure free parking at bus stops and rail stations, starting on the edge of conurbations.
Realistic fare structure on the rail network, particularly for tickets purchased on the day of travel.
Provision of these items would provide the incentive for at least some transfer from private car to public transport and greater accessibility for existing users. It would also be relatively easy and cheap to implement. The low cost of individual schemes would have the benet of phased programming and the ability to improve the majority of the network.
Derek Bissell, Transport in Planning, 107 Worcester Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldeld, B75 5NL