Claire Haigh, Chief Executive, will join Transport Minister Norman Baker to start Catch the Bus Week 2013, a national campaign that will run from the 29th of April to the 5th of May. The campaign aims to increase awareness of the benefits of bus travel across the UK, and to encourage first time or infrequent users to give the bus a try.
Catch the Bus week is a key part of Greener Journey’s drive to persuade people to take a billion fewer car journeys.
Catch The Bus Week will promote the many benefits of bus travel including; convenience, value for money and environmental benefits – reducing the carbon footprint from transport and improving local air quality. The campaign will show that everyone has a time when the bus really is the best way to travel.
Bus companies participating include Arriva, Stagecoach, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead and many local companies. Each carrier will be running their own initiatives and events to engage with bus users, old and new, up and down the country; some bus companies’ plans include ticket offers, initiatives with local charities and community events. Interested bus users should visit www.catchthebusweek.co.uk to find out what’s happening in their local area.
Claire explained: “Since 2010 Greener Journeys has been striving to take one billion car journeys off the road and Catch the Bus Week will help us reach this aim. Buses play a crucial role in our society from getting children to school, carrying people to work, the shops or to their local park or swimming pool day in day out. Buses support the economy.
“Buses also help reduce congestion on the roads, promote social inclusion by providing a vital link to those without other means and reduce all our carbon footprints and travel’s effect on the environment.
“This campaign will be a springboard for greater public attention of the bus’s many benefits and I hope will encourage both car drivers and infrequent bus users to give the bus a try. I am delighted to be launching such an important campaign.”
Norman Baker, Minister for Transport, is also backing the campaign. He said: “Modern buses are clean, green and safe. They are a lifeline for many people, and an important cog in the engine of economic growth. Surveys show that the vast majority of people who use the bus are satisfied with their experience. The challenge is to get more of the population to give buses a go, which is why this campaign is so important.”
For further information and a full list of participating bus companies:
Please visit www.catchthebusweek.co.uk
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About Greener Journeys
Greener Journeys is a campaign dedicated to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices.
It aims to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by encouraging people to switch some of their car journeys to bus or coach instead. Switching from car to bus for just one journey a month would mean one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and would save 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
It is a coalition of Britain’s leading bus companies and other supporters including Transport for London, Campaign for Better Transport, the RAC Foundation, Confederation for Passenger Transport (CPT), and the Passenger Transport Executive Group (pteg). Its primary funders are bus companies Arriva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead, and Stagecoach.