When travelling to and from work, most people want to take a route that is comfortable and isn’t any hassle to them. This usually means taking the car to work; however, as commuters have become more conscious of the environmental impacts of taking the car every day, other options have become more appealing. What is even more appealing is that you can save an extra £1,000 per year by taking the bus and leaving the car at home.
Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator Stagecoach has conducted research that has suggested those living in England, Scotland and Wales are making a saving of £95 a month when taking the bus. This equates to an annual saving of £1,140, which may come as a shock to those who regularly take the car.
How do the public feel about this?
Since the economic crash in 2008, those who drive have experienced decreasing fuel costs, which has encouraged people to take their car to work. However, Stagecoach’s research has suggested that a bus fare is on average 55% cheaper. What this means is that a competitive fuel price still doesn’t result in cheaper commuter costs overall.
Compared to fuel prices, cheaper bus tickets are in line with attitudes towards fuel emissions. Based on those surveyed, 55% of those who were surveyed claimed that they were worried about congestion levels in towns and city centres. In addition to this, 5% more also suggested that pollution levels caused by exhaust fumes worried them. What this means is that as the public becomes more aware of how cars are negatively impacting the environment, cheaper bus fares may encourage people to leave the car at home.
How could you save depending on where you live?
Almost three times the national average, if you live in the West of Scotland then you’ll be pleased to know that you could be saving £2,800 a year by taking the bus. On the other side of Scotland in the east, those who live in Peterhead and Aberdeen would be looking at an overall saving of £2,000 – double the average. Based on the three countries surveyed, Scotland were able to make the most savings, so it’s certainly something to consider if you live there.
From South Shields to Newcastle, those in the North East of England can make a 73% saving when opting to take the bus rather than their car. In the North West, those in the Greater Manchester are set to make the least amount of savings, but travelling between Reddish and Manchester would still produce a cost saving of around £740 per year. A little further south in Merseyside, those travelling between Heswall and Liverpool could save around £1,400 if they were to take the bus.
Making a greater saving than those who live in Liverpool, Wales save a substantial amount more than those in the North West of England, with those living in Manchester saving around £1,600 a year if they were to take the bus.
How you can benefit
It’s not only a financial saving that commuters can make when they are taking the bus; bus companies are also developing technology that allow you to save time and effort when taking the bus. Commuters are now able to use apps in order to plan a journey before they have to look at a timetable, and users can also download tickets to their phone so that they don’t have to pay for a ticket when they get on the bus.
Across the country, bus companies are rolling out contactless payment methods so that users don’t need to use change, or find some extra money that they don’t have for their journey. Although this technology will not be available on all buses until 2022, it’s clear that when this does happen it will be even better for commuters in general to travel on a bus.
When making a saving of £2,800, it does become incredibly hard to ignore the idea that many more people should consider taking the bus.