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3 reasons why buses are better for the environment

21 Apr 2021

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we are currently facing. Transportation accounts for 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Opting for public transport services over personal vehicle use is one of the best ways we can reduce emissions and help save the environment. Here’s why… 

Minimises Traffic Congestion 

Buses take up less space than the number of private vehicles needed to transport the same amount of people. Just one bus can take up to 75 cars off the road. It’s estimated that our fleet saves the UK £350m in potential congestion-related costs from a reduction of 1.22 billion miles of traffic.  

Reduces Carbon Emissions 

According to the BBC, the average petrol car on the road in the UK produces the equivalent of 180g of CO2 every kilometre, while a coach emits just 27g of CO2/km. Every day, we strive to improve our carbon footprint even more and that’s we’ve trialled new biofuels and invested in hybrid electric vehicles. 

Improves Air Quality 

As an operator of Britain’s biggest fleet of buses and coaches, we recognise that we have a responsibility to play our part in delivering cleaner air. That’s why we’ve invested £1 billion in hydrogen-powered buses and new greener technologies in the past decade - more than any other bus operator in the UK.  

By simply swapping your car journey for a bus, you could help us reach the climate change target set out by the government. As a nation, we hope to cut carbon emissions by 78 per cent by 2035. Will you help us? 

* National Statistics, 2021, ‘UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Final Figures’, Energy and Climate Change 

* BBC, 2020, ‘How our daily travel harms the planet’, Smart Guide to Climate Change