Milton Keynes travel zone extended
The Milton Keynes PLUSBUS travel zone has just been extended, so it now includes the village of Stony Stratford (to the north west of the town). For details visit: www.plusbus.info/milton-keynes
New 'TwoTogether' Railcard launched
National Rail has today (3 March) launched a new Railcard, the first new one for nearly thirty years! The 'TwoTogether' Railcard gives one third off standard priced train fares and also one-third off PLUSBUS day ticket prices for two adults travelling together. The discount is available after 09:30hours Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
New Ellesmere Port PLUSBUS
From Sunday 8th September 2013, Ellesmere Port gains a PLUSBUS ticketing scheme. Interchange between train and bus will be available through Ellesmere Port railway station and Overpool railway station. For details visit: www.plusbus.info/ellesmere-port
East Coast start retailing PLUSBUS online
Operator of the East Coast rail route from London to Edinburgh has started selling PLUSBUS day tickets through their website at: www.eastcoast.co.uk
High levels of bus users satisfaction
A survey just published (March 2013) by the independent transport watch-dog Passenger Focus has found that on average 84% of bus users are satisfied with their overall journey. The organisation surveyed over 20,000 bus users across England and asked for their views on many elements of a bus journey including punctuality.
The same study also showed that one average 70% of passengers were satisfied with the punctuality of their bus service.
New travel zone maps
The town specific pages of our website now have new road-based travel zone maps available.
Our new road-maps give a lot more detail of the area covered by a PLUSBUS ticketing scheme, including:-
- every bus stop (as a green dot) that is located within a towns PLUSBUS travel zone (bus stops located outside of the PLUSBUS travel zone are shown in pale grey);
- roads and street names (and the numbers for main roads);
- a destinctive orange line shows the exact boundary of the PLUSBUS travel zone;
- the location of significant places, such as hospitals, universities, attractions etc.
It is possible to zoom-in and out of the map to see greater detail.
Click here to view an example of the new PLUSBUS travel zone map for Reading.
More Train Operators sell PLUSBUS season tickets online
First Capital Connect, First Great Western and First TransPennine Express have all started selling PLUSBUS season tickets online (when rail commuters renew their rail season ticket) through their respective websites. Online renewal is much more convenient for commuters as you can do it at any time and avoid booking office queues at peak times.
It's easy to renew your rail and PLUSBUS season tickets online. It takes just a few minutes and only requires your Photocard serial number (and for you to set-up a user log-in). Click on any of the train company names (listed above to view the online season ticket renewal page).
Grand Central rail now sell PLUSBUS tickets.
Open access train operator, Grand Central now retail PLUSBUS day tickets (with train tickets) through their website at: www.grandcentralrail.com
New research shows that taking the bus (instead of the car) can reduce mental stress by a third.
The study by Dr David Lewis from The University of Sussex, who coined the term “road rage”, found that motorists face a hidden mental health impact from the stresses of driving, while bus travel can produce long-term health benefits.
For the experiment, the heart rate and EDR (Electro-Dermal Response) of 30 commuters was measured when taking similar journeys by car and bus. The findings reveal a vast difference in EDR, a form of biophysical measurement that Dr Lewis describes as an excellent indicator of mental stress.
When examining the EDR results, the experiment found that taking the car produced significantly greater amounts of stress than taking the bus, which was 33% less stressful.
“EDR can be a hidden stress – it’s not as visible as ‘white knuckle driving’ or audible as road rage. This type of stress can have long-term physiological and emotional implications. Boarding a bus can produce significant long-term health benefits,” said Dr Lewis.
Dr David Lewis says there are three key factors that reduce the attraction and increase the stresses of driving a car.
1. Driving in heavy traffic – especially against a deadline – requires a high level of vigilance, even for experienced motorists. This requires the brain to work especially hard processing a myriad of incoming information and making, often split-second, decisions.
2. Congestion and delays can raise blood pressure and physical tension which may manifest itself as ‘road rage’, a term coined by Dr Lewis in 1985 to describe the explosive outbursts of anger shown by some motorists. Increases in blood pressure can have serious long-term health consequences as well as causing drivers sometimes to take reckless and foolish decisions behind the wheel.
3. A sense of frustration of ‘wasting one’s life’ behind the wheel of the car, unable to do anything more productive than casual conversations or listening to the radio. On a bus it is possible to fill the time more profitably by doing some work or reading.
He also notes that trained, professional bus drivers are skilled in negotiating the challenges of the road, and the relief of trusting someone else to be in charge of the journey, is a key part of what makes taking the bus less stressful.
“This study shows that driving in congested traffic, now outweighs any previous benefits that driving in a private car once gave,” said Dr Lewis.