The work commute: taking the bus to make a saving

When it comes to travelling to and from work, most commuters want to take the easiest route possible in the most comfortable form of transport. 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.

Research conducted by Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator, suggests that commuters in England, Scotland and Wales could be making a saving of £95 per month, which equates to £1,140 annually when paying for bus fares as opposed to paying for fuel and parking. This may come as a shock for most commuters who take the car, as could the following findings…

How the public feel about transport

Commuters have experienced decreasing fuel prices since the economic crash in 2008, which has encouraged people to take their car to work. However, Stagecoach’s research has suggested that the bus is on average 55% cheaper. What this means is that a competitive fuel price still doesn’t result in cheaper commuter costs overall.

It also appears to be the case that cheaper bus tickets, compared to fuel prices, are in line with people’s attitudes towards carbon emissions in general. 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.

Savings based on where you live

If you live in the West of Scotland, then you will be pleased to know that you could be making a saving of £2,800 a year by taking the bus, which is almost three times the national average saving! 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.

Moving south to the North East of England, those who live in the region would make be making a saving that is 73% cheaper on a bus journey from South Shields to Newcastle. 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.

In Wales, commuters travelling on the bus could make a greater saving than those in Liverpool and Manchester – £1,600 a year if they were to take the bus.

How you could also benefit

It’s not just a cost saving that commuters could benefit from by taking the bus; 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.

Contactless payment methods are also being rolled out on buses across the country, which removes the worry of having to get change before you travel on the bus. Although this technology will not be available on all busses 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 you are able to make a saving of up to £2,800 a year, it becomes incredibly hard to ignore the idea that people should be taking the bus to work to save not only the environment, but their money too.

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