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Advantages of Buses

Below are some of the advantages of bus travel that you may wish to use when attempting to encourage employees to travel by bus:

The cost of using public transport is often less than the real cost of the same journey by car (especially when all the hidden costs of using a car are taken into account such as depreciation and servicing costs).

  • Buses often have better access to restricted town centres.
  • There is no need to find a parking space.
  • Many towns and cities have traffic free routes where bus lanes allow buses to speed past other vehicles.
  • There's an opportunity to socialise.
  • Buses nowadays are of a much higher standard than in the past and most bus drivers are expected to undertake customer service training (meaning that drivers are much more considerate drivers than they perhaps used to be).
  • It's a chance to switch off, relax, daydream, listen to music or just people-watch! There again it's also a chance to think through a plan for the day ahead, or mull over the day that's just been. 
  • A growing number of buses now have on-board wi-fi.
  • Make an individual contribution to the environment by reducing local and global pollution including carbon emissions.
  • Exercise by walking to the bus stop.

The Government sees major economic, social and environmental advantages in encouraging fewer cars and more buses. In its Bus Action Plan, the Scottish Government indicates that "buses provide sustainable mass public transport necessary to support economic growth and accessibility"


Better accessibility means easier journeys. Increased bus use can reduce traffic congestion, total energy use and emissions and they still provide the only means of medium and long distance transport for many people that don't have access to cars.   

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