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14 Feb 2018
Bus users across the UK are being given the chance to vote for their favourite bus journey in a survey to find Britain’s Most Scenic Bus Route.
The survey is the idea of bus enthusiast Paul Kirby, who was enjoying a summer trip along the Honister Pass in the Lake District and thought it must be one of the most scenic routes in Britain. He wondered if the transport or tourist industry had carried out any research to discover the nation’s favourite bus service. To his surprise, no such survey had been undertaken and he therefore approached the larger bus companies to see if they were interested.
Paul said ‘I was delighted to receive a quick response from five of the largest bus companies and they were all extremely keen on the idea. The support of First, Arriva, Transdev, Go-Ahead and Stagecoach was vital if the survey was to be a success because they have over 400,000 Twitter followers between them. The survey is a simple tick-box format with passengers voting for their favourite three routes with the option of adding their own not included in the list. It is the largest survey of this type undertaken and I am looking forward to seeing the results’.
Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users UK which sponsors the survey, added ‘The main aim of the survey is to celebrate Britain’s best bus routes and encourage more people to experience the spectacular views of our rugged coastline, mountain passes, lakes, moors and dales without having to worry about driving, directions or parking. We are fortunate to still have many regular routes that serve rural communities in such a wide variety of breath-taking countryside’.
Three Stagecoach West Scotland routes have been shortlisted in the survey:
60/360 - Ayr to Stranraer via Maidens and Turnberry
322/323/324 - Isle of Arran interlinked services
500 - Dumfries to Stranraer via Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart - Stagecoach West Scotland
People can vote for their favourite routes in England, Scotland & Wales online and are entered into a cash prize draw. The survey can be found at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ScenicBus or @mostscenicbus on Twitter. The winners will be announced in summer 2018 and a website containing details of the top 10 routes in each country will be produced.