23 Apr 2018
Bus users in Nottinghamshire have given Stagecoach East Midlands bus services some of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the UK in an independent national survey of bus passengers’ views by Transport Focus.
The comprehensive survey by the transport user watchdog, which was carried out in November last year, asked 48,000 passengers across the UK to rate a range of aspects of their bus journeys including reliability, comfort, cleanliness, safety, customer care and value for money and then the measures were compared.
Stagecoach bus services in Nottinghamshire were rated:
Stagecoach in Nottinghamshire bus drivers improved their scores compared to last year across most of the rated aspects of their work:
Safety on Stagecoach in Nottinghamshire buses was rated at 91% compared to 89% last year and an average of 91% across all Nottinghamshire bus operators.
Stagecoach East Midlands’ Managing Director, Michelle Hargreaves, said:
“We are delighted to find that our bus services in Nottinghamshire have been very positively rated by bus users in this independent Transport Focus national bus survey.
We were scored particularly well compared to other areas in respect of our punctuality and value for money along with the safe driving and helpful attitude of our bus drivers.
The results are a great reflection of the hard work and commitment of our team of local managers, inspectors, bus drivers, cleaning and engineering staff based at our Mansfield, Worksop, Newark and Gainsborough Depots.”
Stagecoach East Midlands is the region’s largest bus operator running 480 buses, employing 1,300 staff and carrying around 47 million passengers each year over 21 million miles. Over £3 million has been invested new buses since November last year. The company has also been introducing new technology to enhance the appeal of bus services to a new generation of bus passengers; tickets are available on the go through a mobile app and buses can be tracked in real time to show the actual arrival time at stops.
Stagecoach is currently installing £1 million of new generation electronic ticket machines, which will introduce the ability for customers to buy tickets without cash using contactless bank cards from May.
However, the survey showed that traffic congestion was having an impact on bus passengers with satisfaction ratings with waiting times at bus stops and longer journeys receiving reduced scores since the survey was last undertaken in 2015.
These survey results show that local bus services in Nottinghamshire offer a real alternative to the use of private cars for journeys into town provided they are supported with better bus priority measures and effective traffic flow and parking policies. Encouraging more bus use would help to reduce general traffic congestion, improve air quality and promote economic growth.