Study shows buses offer better value than commuting by car

29 Jan 2018

Study Shows Buses Offer Better Value Travel Than Commuting By Car

  • Bus passengers in North Scotland can save on average around £2,010 per year by leaving car at home
  • Research coincides with national campaign highlighting value and flexibility of Stagecoach weekly tickets.
  • Unlimited 7-day bus travel available in Aberdeen from £12.00 and Inverness from £11.20

A new study has shown that consumers can get better value for money by taking the bus instead of commuting by car.

The research – carried out by Stagecoach - showed that people who use the bus to commute between Aberdeen and Peterhead are on average £2,450 better off than those travelling to work by car. Those travelling between Inverurie and Aberdeenwould also be more than £1,850 better off a year.

The research was revealed as Stagecoach launches a nationwide campaign to highlight the value and flexibility offered through the company’s multi-journey weekly tickets.

In North Scotland, the cost of a weekly megarider ticket – which can be used anytime within the local Stagecoach area over a seven day period – is from as little as £11.20.

The study showed that in North Scotland, bus travel costs are around 61% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of around £174 a month, according to the study.

The latest research by Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus and coach operator, covered 35 key commuter routes in England, Scotland and Wales. It compared the weekly price of hopping on the bus with the cost of fuel and car parking for the same journeys.

The study found there was an average annual saving of £1,200 across all of the routes surveyed - enough to cover the entire annual energy costs for a three or four bedroom house*.

Mark Whitelocks, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland said: “This research shows it can still be significantly cheaper to commute to work by bus rather than car for many people. The savings could go towards a family holiday, home improvements or more into the monthly shopping budget.

“We work hard to deliver high quality services for the many people who rely on the bus, and our current campaign demonstrates the great value, unlimited travel we offer through our weekly tickets.” 

Stagecoach’s findings come as the latest Office of National Statistics research showed a 3% rise in the number of households that own a car or van between 2016 and 2017.**

However, research by campaign group Greener Journeys last year warned of the damaging impact of congestion within towns and cities across the UK. The research – by Professor David Begg – revealed that average traffic speeds in Britain’s busiest cities are set to fall to just 12mph by 2030 as traffic delays are expected to double over the next decade.***

Mark Whitelocks added: “Unfortunately, along with other road users, our customers are being affected by the serious issue of traffic congestion which reduces the reliability of bus services, pushes up fares, reduces air quality and undermines the attractiveness of bus travel.


“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 Stagecoach Bus app which offers journey planning, real-time bus tracking, next stop information and mobile ticketing.


Stagecoach North Scotland has invested more than £10.5 million in new vehicles for its operations over the past 3 years.


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