05 Feb 2018
Catching the bus is 56% cheaper than commuting to work by car in Chesterfield, according to new national research.
The study by bus operator Stagecoach found that a weekly journey from Clay Cross to Chesterfield on the number 54 bus was 56% cheaper than the cost of fuel and parking for the same journey by car.
The Stagecoach survey found that catching the bus on a weekly basis could save bus users in Chesterfield an average of £824.38 a year – or £71.69 per month – by leaving their car in the driveway.
The latest research by Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus and coach operator, covered around 35 key commuter routes in England, Scotland and Wales, and compared the weekly price of hopping on the bus with the cost of fuel and car parking for the same journeys.
In Chesterfield, the average cost of a weekly megarider ticket – which can be used anytime within the local Stagecoach area over a seven-day period – is £14.30, meaning bus travel costs are around 56% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of around £17.92 a week.
The study also found there was an average annual savings of £1,340 across all of the routes surveyed - enough to cover the entire annual energy costs for a three or four-bedroom house*.
Stagecoach Yorkshire managing director, Matt Davies, 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 the monthly shopping budget.
“We work hard to deliver high quality services for the many people who rely on the bus, and these survey findings demonstrate 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.***
Matt 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 Yorkshire 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.
The company has also introduced contactless payments on all of its buses across South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire – enabling customers to pay for all tickets and passes with contactless credit or debit cards, as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay.