Car drivers urged to take the bus on Clean Air Day

By Barrie Hudson - 30 September 2020

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Swindon’s Bus Company hopes people will mark Clean Air Day - Thursday, 8 October - by leaving their cars at home and using sustainable transport instead.

  • The company says its services are safe, punctual - and good for the environment

    The company says its services are safe, punctual - and good for the environment

General manager Alex Chutter said: "We are committed to helping improve the quality of air we breathe in Swindon, and we have been working on this in a number of ways over recent years, including investing in 27 brand new vehicles - six very recently. 
"Each of the buses sports the latest Euro 6 low emissions engine, the cleanest standard for diesel. 
“Buses have the potential to take many cars off the road - even with current on-board social distancing measures in place. 
“And there are potential health benefits too. Beyond the bus journey itself, a relatively overlooked aspect of public transport commuting is the ‘first and last miles’ - that is, the four daily journeys that people make to and from their homes and workplaces. 
"This provides the ideal opportunity to integrate a good amount of physical activity into their daily lives.
“Our website makes planning a journey really simple and will even show passengers how many steps they would take to walk to a bus stop, which bus route to take and how long they will be on the bus, then the amount of steps they will need to take to get to their final destination. 
"It will even calculate how much CO2 they would save compared to driving."
Mr Chutter added: "Bus travel has changed beyond recognition over recent years, and those who haven’t travelled with us recently will be amazed at the enhancements we’ve made. 
“Our new buses have more comfortable seating, USB charging points for smartphone and tablet users, accept mobile phone payments as well as contactless, and they sport the very latest Euro 6 low emissions engines. 
"And now we have reinstated our services to pre-covid levels, so those travelling with us can be assured our buses are safe, frequent and reliable.
“Although our capacity is slightly reduced due to social distancing measures, we have a useful ‘busy bus’ checker tool on our website. 
"Our customers can check a bus en-route to see how busy it is - enabling them to make a decision to catch a later bus if required.”
More information about Swindon’s Bus Company can be found at swindonbus.co.uk 
 
 

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