14 Feb 2018
Bus users across the UK are being given the chance to vote for their favourite bus journey in a survey to find Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route, and Stagecoach East Scotland’s very own route 95, travelling through the East Neuk of Fife has been nominated.
The survey is the idea of bus enthusiast Paul Kirby, who was enjoying a summer trip along the Honister Pass in the Lake District and thought it must be one of the most scenic routes in Britain. He wondered if the transport or tourist industry had carried out any research to discover the nation’s favourite bus service. To his surprise, no such survey had been undertaken and he therefore approached the larger bus companies to see if they were interested.
Paul said “I was delighted to receive a quick response from five of the largest bus companies and they were all extremely keen on the idea. The support of First, Arriva, Transdev, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach was vital if the survey was to be a success because they have over 400,000 Twitter followers between them. The survey is a simple tick-box format with passengers voting for their favourite three routes with the option of adding their own not included in the list. It is the largest survey of this type undertaken and I am looking forward to seeing the results”.
Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK which sponsors the survey, added “The main aim of the survey is to celebrate Britain’s best bus routes and encourage more people to experience the spectacular views of our rugged coastline, mountain passes, lakes, moors and dales without having to worry about driving, directions or parking. We are fortunate to still have many regular routes that serve rural communities in such a wide variety of breath-taking countryside”.
Stagecoach East Scotland’s Fife service 95 has been included in the Scotland shortlist, along with 22 other Stagecoach routes throughout the UK.
Sarah Elliott, Marketing Manager for Stagecoach East Scotland said “We're proud to announce that our Fife 95 route, between Leven, St Monans, Anstruther, Crail and St Andrews has been shortlisted within Scotland! We would encourage all customers who use our routes to take part in the survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ScenicBus”.
People can vote for their favourite routes in England, Scotland & Wales online and are entered into a cash prize draw. The survey can be found at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ScenicBus or @mostscenicbus on Twitter. The winners will be announced in summer 2018 and a website containing details of the top 10 routes in each country will be produced.