Ditch your car for ‘Catch the bus’ week

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Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is joining forces with sustainable transport group

Greener Journeys to promote the benefits of bus use through the second annual ‘Catch the

Bus Week’.

The initiative, which will run for a week from April 28, will see Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire working to encourage local people to ditch their cars in favour of taking the bus.

Throughout the week, Stagecoach – which offers the best value bus fares and has the

highest customer satisfaction of any major UK Bus operator – will highlight the health,

environmental and financial benefits of using the bus more often.

Travelling by bus has big health benefits, it is a third less stressful to commute by bus than by car.

Furthermore, taking the bus can help achieve half the Government’s recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Buses also help local economies to thrive by connecting people who don’t have regular access shops and services –25% of all households and nearly 50% of workless households

have no access to a car.

Young people are more dependent on bus services than any other group with more than 50% of 16-19 year olds being regular bus users.

Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire is carrying out a programme of promotional activities across the area to encourage people to give the bus a try.

These will include:

• Competitions to win prizes including iPads and free tickets

• Share your experiences of Catch the Bus Week to be in with the chance of being the face of CTBW 2015

• Giveaways at local bus stations

Nigel Winter, Managing Director of Stagecoach Cumbria & North Lancashire 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


“Catch the Bus Week is a great example of how the industry can work together to encourage

greater use of sustainable travel.

“Ensuring people can access high quality, affordable and sustainable bus travel is a shared responsibility between transport providers and central and local government.

“As bus operators we will continue to work hard in partnership with other parties to make that happen.”

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys said, “Buses provide vital transport links.

“They connect people to jobs, to education, to retail and leisure opportunities.

“They help reduce congestion and they are green way to travel.

“Simply walking to and from the bus stop each day can help you get your ten thousand steps and improve your wellbeing.

“By providing access to jobs and training, getting customers to places of business, buses

support the economy and economic growth.

“I am delighted to be launching Catch the Bus Week. It is a fantastic way to increase awareness of the many benefits buses bring to our lives and hopefully encourage those who up until now have wary of bus travel to give it a try.”

To find out more log on to www.stagecoachbus.com/catchthebus.