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02 Feb 2017
New national research has found that people who use the bus to commute are on average £1,000 better off than those travelling to work by car.
Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland, said: “This research shows it’s still significantly cheaper to commute to work by bus for many people in the North Scotland region.
"The average savings could pay for a family holiday, or increase the monthly shopping budget.
“We are working hard to deliver good value travel for the many people who rely on the bus. However, bus passengers need urgent action from our politicians to tackle the growing problem of traffic congestion in our towns and cities which is pushing up fares and increasing journey times.
“We are investing in continued improvements for our customers but we need those responsible for road infrastructure to match that commitment by freeing up road space to let buses flourish.”
Stagecoach has made a series of investments to help transform bus travel for customers, including:
- the new ‘Stagecoach Bus’ smartphone app which 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 at all Stagecoach regional companies with more than two million StagecoachSmart cards in circulation and more than 330million smart transactions every year.
- £28.9 million spent on new buses and coaches across North Scotland in the last 5 years.