More would use bus if they knew green benefits – First study
Half of UK adults have agreed that they would take the bus more often if they knew that decision would have a direct, positive impact on the environment, according to new research from First Bus.
The three main factors people say are the biggest benefits of choosing to travel by bus over a car are the no parking hassles (45%), saving money (36%) and protecting the environment (29%).
The data, which provides a snapshot view of UK travel habits and attitudes towards benefits of sustainable transport, was commissioned by First Bus to highlight the benefits of bus travel for World Car Free Day (22 September). First Bus believes that bus has to be at heart of a transition to a net-zero emission future and can help in a number of ways.
The research shows that 46% of 16- to 24-year-olds have started taking the bus because of the cost-of-living crisis as it is seen as a way to save money on petrol, help the environment and also considered more relaxing than driving. The research found 43% would choose going by bus as this is a more sustainable travel option with a further 35% admitting it helps with their mental health more than other modes of transport and 21% believing it makes them less stressed, while 20% said it made them happier.
“We are working hard to make sure bus can become a viable and hassle-free solution for more people” – First Bus UK, Chief Sustainability & Compliance Officer, Isabel McAllister
First Bus UK, Chief Sustainability & Compliance Officer, Isabel McAllister, said: “At First Bus, we feel that bus is a huge part of the solution to help clean our air, tackle congestion on our roads and take back more of our public spaces. We are working hard to make sure bus can become a viable and hassle-free solution for more people.
“We recently placed the UK’s largest ever zero emission bus order outside of London, in keeping with our commitment to reaching a net zero bus fleet by 2035. We will continue to work closely with central and local government as well as each of the local communities in which we operate, across the UK to support the delivery of our shared decarbonisation ambitions and commitments.”