To mark Catch the Bus Week – a nationwide campaign running between 29 June and 5 July – Southern Vectis is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of travelling in this way, particularly among those who don’t normally use public transport.
The operator has teamed up with Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce – with travel planning coordinators visiting businesses across the island all week to offer bus travel prizes and information.
Angela Harding, from Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce said:
“The Chamber of Commerce is very happy to support Catch the Bus Week as part of our active travel programme.
“We are working with the island’s employers regarding workplace travel planning. We are delivering a series of proven interventions which encourage use of sustainable modes – to reduce private car use.”
Visit Isle of Wight are also involved. Travel ambassadors will be standing by at Yarmouth and Ryde bus terminals, between 9am and 11.30am on various days throughout Catch the Bus Week, ready to give advice. They will also be on-board Southern Vectis’ buses, travelling around the island and assisting bus passengers.
Zoe Stroud from Visit Isle of Wight added:
“We are delighted to be involved with Catch the Bus Week. It is an opportunity for the Isle of Wight travel ambassadors to meet and welcome visitors and inspire them to see the island by bus.
“We will be located at various bus terminals and on routes. Our Visitor Centre will also be open offering bus travel advice.”
Two thirds of the nation’s public transport journeys are by bus – and studies show that it is a third less stressful than travelling by car. And Catch the Bus Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight the many benefits of leaving the car at home and journeying with Southern Vectis.
Southern Vectis managing director, Andrew Wickham said:
“Almost 2.5 million people all over Britain travel to work by bus – and a million more use it as a back up.
“For many, it is a stress free form of transport – and it’s a great and easy way to travel. I’m delighted to be working in partnership with both Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and Visit Isle of Wight to encourage as many people as possible to try the bus and find out everything we have to offer passengers on the island.”