Bus travel over £1,000 cheaper than taking the car

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New national research has found commuters can save around £1,000 per year by catching the bus instead of travelling to work by car - despite falling fuel prices at the pumps.

Bus travel costs are around 55% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of more than £90 a month, according to the study.

The savings - even with fuel prices being at their lowest levels for six years - would be enough to cover the entire annual energy costs for a medium-sized house.

Research by Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator, covered around 35 key commuter routes in England, Scotland and Wales.

It compared the weekly price of hopping on the bus with the cost of fuel and car parking for the same journeys.

The Stagecoach study found that in Scotland, taking the bus between Peterhead and Aberdeen instead of driving was around £1,600 a year cheaper.

Robert Montgomery, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: “Fuel prices are at their lowest level for six years, but it is still miles cheaper to commute to work by bus for many people up and down the country.

“The average savings would pay a big chunk of people’s annual energy bills and for some it would fund the cost of a family holiday for a week in the sun in Florida.

“It’s also easier than ever before to catch the bus, with smart ticketing, bus tracking available via your smartphone and free wi-fi on many of our new buses.”

Stagecoach works with public transport groups in the UK, as well as campaign group Greener Journeys and local authorities to attract more people out of their cars and on to public transport to reduce pollution and congestion.