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Stagecoach gets on board with Catch the bus week

29 Jun 2015

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Stagecoach is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use during the third annual ‘Catch the Bus Week’.

The campaign, which takes place from 29 June – 5 July, aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage local people to make the switch from the car.

Stagecoach companies across the UK, along with Greener Journeys, which is spearheading the campaign and hundreds of other participants all over the country – including passenger organisations and local authorities – will be promoting the many benefits of bus travel through a range of events, giveaways and activities.

During Catch the Bus Week 2015 Stagecoach, which offers the best value bus fares, will be promoting and encouraging bus use locally through the following events:

  • Stagecoach South West is offering passengers the opportunity to ‘add a kid for a quid’. The offer is open to any adult travelling with a child, as long as they have a full price ticket
  • Stagecoach East Midlands is holding a competition in primary schools local to Lincoln asking schoolchildren to design a perfect bus. The winner’s class will receive an outing on a Lincoln City Tour to celebrate the 800thAnniversary of the Magna Carta
  • Stagecoach companies, including Stagecoach South East and Stagecoach West Scotland are running  twitter based competitions and town centre events to promote the week

Bus passenger journeys make up over two thirds of all public transport usage[i] and each year, bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services[ii]. For many, the bus is a vital lifeline and an affordable and accessible form of transport, whilst for all it is a great and easy way to travel.

  • Travelling by bus can help reduce stress and can be good for your health – daily bus users clock up the annual equivalent of 11 marathons, with the short walk to and from the bus stop and destination burning 22,630 calories a year[iii]
  • The bus is good for the economy and helps support local communities – bus users make 1.4 billion shopping trips and spend an estimated £27 billion on retail goods annually[iv]
  • Buses bring people together and are vital for an inclusive society – 25% of all households have no access to a car. Buses allow everyone in society to remain connected to their loved ones and their local community[v]
  • It’s greener to get about by bus – congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 billion each year. If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus that would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads, and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2[vi]

Bus passengers recently voted Stagecoach as the best value major bus operator in Britain, according to independent research. Consumer watchdog Transport Focus found that customers across the UK rated Stagecoach higher than any other national bus operator on value for money in its latest UK Bus Passenger Satisfaction Survey. 

Commenting on Catch the Bus Week, Robert Montgomery, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus said: “Catch the Bus Week is a great opportunity for people to think about their transport habits. With so many of our companies offering fantastic deals, competitions and giveaways it’s a chance for the public to get on board and give the bus a go.

“Alongside the obvious health and environmental benefits of taking the bus instead of driving, bus travel can also save people money and reduce the stress of driving and parking in busy towns and cities.

“We look forward to lots of customers – both old and new – benefitting from our greener, smarter and better value travel, in the future.”

Greener Journeys is working with Traveline during Catch the Bus Week 2015 to help people plan their bus journey, making it quick and easy to switch your regular car journey to the bus during the week. More information is available at www.catchthebusweek.co.uk.

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, added: “Buses are a vital lifeline for millions across the UK. From getting children to school, bringing people to work, the shops or to their local park, buses join up the dots in our society and our economy. This week provides a crucial springboard to bring these benefits to attention.

“I hope the hundreds of activities and events taking place across the country will prompt car drivers and infrequent bus users to give the bus a try. It’s also great that our politicians are showing their support for bus travel as an affordable and sustainable alternative to private transport.”

       

[i] Department for Transport, Bus Statistics, 24 September 2013

[ii]Institute for Transport Studies, Buses and Economic Growth, June 2012

[iii] Greener Journeys/Mindlab research, September 2010

[iv] Institute for Transport Studies, Buses and Economic Growth, June 2012

[v] Office of National Statistics, Driving licence holding and vehicle availability, 2012

[vi] Greener Journeys, The Road to a Carbon Efficient Britain, 2009

    

About Catch the Bus Week

Catch the Bus Week 2015 is a national celebration of the benefits of taking the bus. It will take place from 29 June – 5 July and aims to encourage people who don’t normally take the bus to give it a try. Now in its third year running, Greener Journeys is spearheading the campaign which will see bus operators, passenger organisations and local authorities come together to promote the benefits of bus travel. For more information contact contact@greenerjourneys.com or @GreenerJourneys.