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30 Jun 2017
Stagecoach East Midlands is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through the fifth annual ‘Catch the Bus Week’.
The campaign, which takes place from 3-9 July, aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus, encouraging local people to make the switch from the car for a week and consider leaving the car at home for some journeys in the future.
Stagecoach East Midlands will also be using the week to celebrate some of the improvements that partnership working has delivered for bus passengers across Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire and looking ahead to further ways of making bus services even better.
Our easy to understand Simplibus networks in Grimsby and Hull have proved popular alternatives to using the car for short local journeys. Our InterConnect and Sherwood Arrow bus services offer convenient and affordable links between villages, market towns and busy retail centres in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. On the coast our award winning Skegness Seasider Open Toppers continue attract families and holidaymakers during the summer season.
The company will also be demonstrating how passengers can make best use of their time by travelling by bus through a series of awareness events. These will be held at:
• Lincoln, Cornhill on Monday 3th July, 10am until 3.30pm
• Mansfield, Market Place on Tuesday 4th July, 10am until 3.30pm
• Hull, King Edward’s Square on Wednesday 5th July, 10am until 2pm
• Grimsby, Riverhead Exchange on Friday 7th July, 10am until 2pm
At the events the Stagecoach team is inviting passers-by to have a go on their ‘Catch the Bus in the Net’ challenge to win travel prizes to try the bus for a week. There will also be local Stagecoach Managers on hand to offer bus travel advice plus representatives from local council bus partnerships.
Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman of Communities and Place Cllr John Cottee and Vice Chairman Cllr Gordon Wheeler will be attending the event in Mansfield on Tuesday and on Friday MP Martin Vickers will be joining the Stagecoach Team at Grimsby Riverhead Exchange.
Stagecoach East Midlands have also partnered with Lincolnshire County Council who are holding a Golden Ticket competition. Passengers across the county will be invited to check their seats and, if they find a golden ticket, they could win one month or one week’s worth of bus travel.
Passengers can now take easier public transport journeys with Stagecoach Bus smartphone app. The app provides customers with journey planning, next-stop information and live bus tracking, and enables people to buy and download bus tickets straight to their mobile phone.
Smart ticketing was rolled out at East Midlands in March 2016. There are more than 2million StagecoachSmart cards in circulation and more than 330million smart transactions across the UK every year.
In January 2016 Stagecoach East Midlands, East Yorkshire Motor Services and Hull City Council worked in partnership to introduce the Hull Card multi-operator smart ticket, which has made travel easier for people using both bus services run by both companies. Around 80,000 passenger journeys are made each month using Hull Card.
While onboard, passengers can use their time to their advantage, checking their emails using free wi-fi , reading a book or taking a nap.
Travelling by bus is also kinder to the environment. By choosing to take the bus rather than car, passengers are helping to reduce the amount of roadside toxic emissions. Buses and coaches have consistently emitted lowest levels of NOx for any road transport.*
Stagecoach East Midlands invested over £3.2 million in new buses over the last twelve months, which are fitted with environmentally friendly Euro 6 engines, USB charging points and comfortable high backed e-leather seats.
All of Stagecoach East Midlands fleet are fitted with GreenRoad eco-driving technology and bus drivers can share £1million annual bonus for safer and more fuel-efficient driving.
Stagecoach has also invested millions of pounds in technology to help passengers make the most of their time before, during and after their journey.
Bus travel with Stagecoach is also kinder to the pocket and the company has four times been independently found to have the best value bus fares in Britain. A recent survey carried out by consumer group Transport Focus found that bus passengers rated Stagecoach as the best value major operator in the country.
Full details of the Transport Focus Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey can be found here – https://www.transportfocus.org.uk/research-publications/research/bus-passenger-survey/
Commenting on Catch the Bus Week, Stagecoach East Midlands’ Managing Director, Michelle Hargreaves, said “As the region’s largest bus operator we continue to work hard with our local authority partners to make using the bus an attractive, affordable, and environmentally friendly way to travel. Catch the Bus Week provides an excellent opportunity to promote our achievements.”
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys said: “We’re really excited about this year’s Catch the Bus Week. We look forward to bus operators, MPs, local authorities and schools coming together to celebrate the bus and encourage people to leave their cars at home and hop on board. From deals to competition and yarnbombing to green hands, the creativity on display during Catch the Bus Week is astonishing and this year will be no different.
“There isn’t a single area of our daily lives that doesn’t in some way depend on the bus so it is fantastic to see its worth celebrated in such creative and fun ways.”
To find out more about what Stagecoach East Midlands is doing to promote ‘Catch the Bus Week’ visit www.stagecoachbus.com