£2 ONLINE OFFER
Yes, our £2 online offer for PLUSBUS day tickets is back! If you're travelling by train in June or July 2014 and buying your train tickets online, then you can now buy PLUSBUS day tickets for just £2 a day. This offer is available through nearly all Train Company websites. Please read the offer Terms and Conditions for full details.
For the national press release click here.
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 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.