Stagecoach

Stagecoach in South Wales gets on board with 'Catch the Bus Week'

25 Jun 2015

  • Stagecoach in South Wales activities part of national Greener Journeys bus industry initiative
  • ‘Catch the Bus Week’ to run from 29 June – 5 July
  • Stagecoach rated by passengers as best value bus operator in Britain

 

Stagecoach in South Wales is joining forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through 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 that week.

Stagecoach in South Wales, along with Greener Journeys, which is spearheading the campaign, and hundreds of other participants all over the country – including bus companies, passenger organisations and local authorities – will be promoting the many benefits of bus travel through a programme of promotional activities across the area to encourage people to give the bus a try. These will include:

  • Holding a treasure hunt by bus in and around Blackwood on Saturday 4th July
  • Giveaway events at various bus stations
  • Bus and staff at CPT's launch event in Cardiff on June 29th
  • Launch of enhancement to Service X4 in Merthyr Tydfil
  • Tweet the Manager sessions

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]

 

Commenting on Catch the Bus Week, John Gould, Managing Director, Stagecoach in South Wales said:

 

“There are obvious environmental benefits of taking the bus instead of driving – but bus travel can also save people money and reduce the stress of driving and parking in busy towns and cities. Our aim is to encourage more people in South Wales to leave their cars at home and we hope people will enjoy Catch the bus week 2015.”

Greener Journeys will be using the campaign to launch new and exciting research which demonstrates the social value of the bus to people and communities up and down the country.

Greener Journeys is working with Traveline Cymru 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. To find out how to get the most from buses locally and to plan your journey visit www.catchthebusweek.co.uk.

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, comments:

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

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

[i] Greener Journeys/Mindlab research, September 2010

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

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

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

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

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

[i] Greener Journeys/Mindlab research, September 2010

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

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

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