Catch the Bus Week 2016 gets underway
5 July 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
This year’s Catch the Bus Week got underway this week encouraging the public to make the switch from car usage to public transport.
Now in its 4th year, Catch the Bus Week, organised by Greener Journeys, aims to raise awareness of the vast economic, environmental and social benefits of taking the bus.
Catch the Bus Week 04-10 July 2016
Members of the public are being encouraged to swap car journeys for their local bus services, as a range of competitions, offers and promotions launch across the country to mark Catch the Bus Week, which runs from 04-10 July 2016.
Buses Minister Andrew Jones MP will also lend his support to the campaign, putting himself in a bus driver’s shoes for the first time on Wednesday 06 July during a bus driving lesson in Brixton.
“Bus companies, councils and government have worked hard to improve services bringing in new modern, cleaner and greener vehicles and smart ticketing to make travel easier”
Andrew Jones, Buses Minister, commented: “Good bus services help people get around and get on. Bus services do the hard yards delivering more than 4.5 billion passengers to their destination each year, which is more than any other form of public transport.
“Catch the Bus Week is an excellent initiative and, as a bus user, I know that drivers do an excellent job often in sometimes stressful situations getting people from A to B.
“Bus companies, councils and government have worked hard to improve services bringing in new modern, cleaner and greener vehicles and smart ticketing to make travel easier and I would encourage people who have not caught the bus for a while to give it another go.”
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, will be travelling across the country this week to support Catch the Bus Week.
“Once again, we are delighted to see the entire bus sector coming together to promote the benefits of the bus”
Commenting on this year’s initiative, Claire Haigh said, “Once again, we are delighted to see the entire bus sector coming together to promote the benefits of the bus. From dance troupes on buses, to radio show broadcasts live from the top deck, we are always bowled over by the sheer breadth and scale of the creativity on show during the week, and 2016 is proving to be no different.
“There isn’t a single area of our daily lives that doesn’t in some way depend on the bus so it is fantastic to see its worth celebrated in such extravagant fashion.”