Those travelling to and from work every day want to get there in the quickest time, in the easiest way. 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.
Through the help of research conducted by Stagecoach, those living in England, Scotland, and Wales are making a saving of £95 a month when paying for their bus fare. This equates to an annual saving of £1,140, which may come as a shock to those who regularly take the car.
Depending on where you live, how much could you save?
Those living in the West of Scotland could be making a huge saving, as they could be saving £2,800 a year by taking the bus, which is almost three times the national average. 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 could make the most savings, so it’s certainly something to consider if you live there.
Those living in the North East of England can make a 73% saving when comparing car and bus travel expenses – this is based on a trip from Newcastle to South Shields. In the North West, those in the Greater Manchester are set to make the least number 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.
In the North West, those living in Manchester are set to save around £1,600 a year by taking the bus, which is a greater saving than those in Liverpool.
What are the public’s thoughts?
Drivers have been experiencing decreasing fuel costs since the economic crash in 2008, which has encouraged those with a car to use it more often. 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.
Cheaper bus fares have come at the right time for commuters, as most drivers are beginning to realise the negative effect of emissions that impact the environment when taking a car to work. Based on those surveyed, 55% 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 the consumer benefits
It’s not just about economic benefits for those who choose to leave their car at home, there are also other benefits for the consumer; bus companies are also developing technologies 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.
Bus companies are now utilising contactless payment options on their services, so that users can pay easily without the hassle of carrying change around. 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.