This Month’s Feature

Get On Board for Catch the Bus Month

This Month’s Feature

Get On Board for Catch the Bus Month

Get On Board for Catch the Bus Month

Bus Users UK is calling on transport providers, local authorities, local groups and residents across Hampshire to get on board for ‘Catch the Bus Month’ this September.

While the UK has seen people return to schools, offices and social events following the end of lockdown, bus passenger numbers have remained below pre-pandemic levels. Bus Users is hoping Catch the Bus Month will get more people back on board and encourage others to use buses for the first time. The campaign will celebrate the bus as a sustainable, inclusive and accessible form of transport that reduces congestion and improves air quality. It will also promote bus services as a vital lifeline that connects communities, particularly in rural areas, giving people access to healthcare services, education and training, work, shops and leisure activities.

Launching Catch the Bus Month, Claire Walters, Chief Executive of Bus Users said, “As life returns to normal in Hampshire, we want people who used to travel by bus to get back on board.” Claire is also calling on people who have never tried the bus to give it a go, “Most people would be surprised at what the bus has to offer now in terms of technology, comfort, affordability and accessibility. All buses should provide low-floor access and most now offer free WiFi, ticketing and real-time information apps, on-board audio-visual announcements and well-trained drivers who are on hand throughout the journey to offer help and support.”

Claire Haigh, former Chief Executive of Greener Journeys which launched the first Catch the Bus campaign in 2013 said, “I am delighted that Bus Users is hosting Catch the Bus Month. The bus is such a powerful tool for bringing communities together and tackling loneliness, and switching from car to bus is one of the best ways we can reduce pollution and support the economy.”

Despite their social, economic and environmental benefits, Claire Walters warns that bus services across Britain are under serious threat, “Hampshire, like many areas of the UK is facing a funding crisis. Unfortunately, that means cuts to bus and supported passenger services. We need to get more people back on board to increase the overall income from journeys which will protect these vital lifelines for the future.”

Operators and local authorities across the UK will be running events and campaigns throughout Catch the Bus Month, supported by Bus Users UK.

To get involved visit www.bususers.org/catchthebusmonth, call 0300 111 0001 or email catchthebus@bususers.org