Virgin Trains ticket vending machines now sell PLUSBUS
Virgin Trains (the west coast intercity rail operator) has just completed programming all the self-service ticket vending machines at its stations to offer customers PLUSBUS day tickets for their destination town. Stations on their route include: London Euston, Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham New Street, Stafford, Crewe, Stockport, Manchester Piccadilly, Warrington Bank Quay, Preston and Carlisle.
Jonathan Radley of PLUSBUS said: "Having all the Virgin Trains self-service ticket vending machines retailing PLUSBUS day tickets is a great development. It'll make it easier and more convenient for west coast customers to buy bus travel for the destination town of their rail journey when buying their train ticket."
There are now five Train Operating Companies whose self-service ticket vending machines offer customers the opportunity to buy a PLUSBUS day ticket for their destination town. The others are: abellio Greater Anglia, East Midlands Trains, Southern and South West Trains. Over the next six months more Train Companies are expected to follow and programme PLUSBUS into their self-service machines at stations.
issued: 8 August 2014.
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.