Swindon urged not to miss Catch the Bus Week

By Anita Jaynes on 1 July, 2016

To celebrate this year’s Catch the Bus Week, Thamesdown Transport is urging people to get on board and be part of the eight million plus passenger journeys it makes every year.

Catch the Bus Week runs from 4 until 10 July and is a celebration of the benefits of taking the bus.  Across Thamesdown’s network area, in 2015 over eight million passenger journeys were made with its fleet of 85 buses covering almost three million miles.

According the Greener Journeys, the organisation behind Catch the Bus Week, across the UK 88,683 buses and coaches deliver 5.2 billion passenger journeys amounting to 18.1 billion miles each year.

Not only do bus users contribute approximately £27.2billion to the leisure and retail sector alone but they are also helping keep our environment clean.  Switching just one car journey in 25, or once a month to using a bus or coach instead, can remove one billion car journeys from our roads and result in a reduction of 2m tonnes of CO2.

Here in the UK, whilst 60% of CO2 emissions come from passenger car trips, only 5% is produced by buses.

Peter Oliver, Commercial Director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “Catch the Bus Week is an ideal opportunity for people to swap even just one journey they would normally make by car and see the benefits of using the bus instead.

“Getting the bus around Swindon is easy and with services as frequent as every ten minutes on some routes it can be much more convenient and greener than driving.”

To encourage people to try the buses, during the week Thamesdown will be giving away five four-week TravelPasses on Twitter.

For more information on Thamesdown, visit www.thamesdownbus.com Follow Thamesdown on Twitter @thamesdown

Pictured above: Cllr Dale Heenan & Paul Jen