Seasonal Buses

Lead Research Organisation: University of Central Lancashire
Department Name: Sch of Sport Tourism and the Outdoors


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Description This grant allowed UCLan to deliver a way of monitoring the impacts of running buses for tourists in rural areas. Now, areas can use the programme independently and without technical knowledge if they want to evaluate the benefits of the bus services against their costs.
Exploitation Route The method has potential to be used to evaluate other forms of public transport, but needs developing to incorporate data generated by on-bus ticket machines.
Sectors Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Transport

Description The grant provided a method that could be used by untrained people to undertake a passenger survey and analyse the findings. The questionnaire and survey design and macro-enabled spreadsheet were the main outcomes. However, the surveys conducted gave otherwise unknown information about the number of car journeys saved by having a bus and the amount of spending which would be lost to the destination if the bus were not available. This helps policy-makers and practitioners make informed decisions about whether or not to support buses for visitors. This month we have been asked for the latest survey results to help evaluate the benefits of a bus along Hadrian's Wall.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

Description Advice about Hadrian's Wall Bus
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact It is difficult to know whether funding local bus services is justified on economic grounds. The results of the survey in this area gave the spending per person using the bus, which was needed to make a logica decision about continued operation of Hadrian's Wall season bus.
Description Lake District Visitor Survey
Amount £7,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cumbria Tourism 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2014 
End 12/2014
Description Lakeland Sustainable Tourism Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participated in discussions with NGOs, accommodation and tourist providers. National Park Authority and local authorities to improve the sustainability and standard of tourism in and around the Lake District. Acted as academic adviser.

This provided practitioners with advice about current research and methods of researching and monitoring the impact of interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013