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Stagecoach promotes fourth annual Catch the Bus Week

11 Jul 2016

Stagecoach has been out and about highlighting the economic, health, and environmental benefits of using the bus more often. Staff were on hand at Hastings rail station on Thursday promoting bus travel and giving away goody-bags and bus travel information.

The promotion was part of the national “Catch the Bus Week” campaign spearheaded by the sustainable transport group Greener Journeys. Stagecoach along with hundreds of other participants all over the country – including bus companies, passenger organisations and local authorities, hosted giveaway events to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. Local people were encourages to make the switch and consider leaving the car at home for some journeys in the future.

Commenting on Catch the Bus Week, Stagecoach South East managing director Philip Norwell said: “The campaign highlights the benefits of bus travel in terms of the positive impact it generates towards the environment and in society as a whole. It’s a great opportunity for those who are not regular bus users to change their commuting habits for a week or even longer term.” 

Research carried out by Stagecoach earlier this year looked at the cost of around 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 research found commuters can save an average of around £1,000 per year by catching the bus instead of travelling to work by car - despite falling fuel prices at the pumps. Bus travel costs are around 55% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of more than £90 a month, according to the study.

Economic benefits

  • Buses are a vital driver of economic growth in the UK. Every £1 invested in bus infrastructure generates up to £7 of economic benefit. 
  • Bus users generates £64 billion of benefits to the UK economy 
  • Congestion costs the UK economy at least £11 million each year 

Health benefits

  • Travelling by bus is good for your health. It is a third less stressful than commuting by car 
  • Taking the bus frees your hands and you head. Allowing you to catch up on life admin, read a book or play games on your mobile- all whilst you get to your destination
  • Walking to the bus stop can, on average, help you to achieve half of the Government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day 

Environmental benefits

  • If everyone switched just one car journey a month to the bus, there would be one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and a saving of 2 million tonnes of CO2 
  • In 2015, low carbon emission buses saved nearly 70,000 tonnes of CO2 compared with their standard diesel equivalents 
  • Buses are vital to improving air quality. The latest models deliver a 95% reduction in NOx emissions compared with 2009 bus models