PlusBus goes Smart in Scotland.

ScotRail has partnered with Stagecoach bus to bring smart integrated ticketing to nine Scottish towns and cities by offering PlusBus tickets on their Smartcard. The two firms have worked together to ensure that PlusBus tickets can now be stored on ScotRail Smartcards. The initiative is a step towards further integrated and digital transport. Smart PlusBus day, week, month and three month tickets are currently available in areas where Stagecoach is the main bus operator. This includes Ayr, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Elgin, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy and Perth. PlusBus stored on ScotRail smartcards are also available for Aberdeen (where Stagecoach and First are the main bus operators).


ScotRail customers that have a ScotRail smartcard can buy PlusBus with their train tickets at any self-service ticket machine located at a ScotRail station. Once on the bus they simply need to pass their ScotRail Smartcard over the reader on the ticket machine, so that it can validit their PlusBus product.


Smartcard fulfilment is expected to be available for more cities across Scotland, including Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling, in future. 

Issued: 27/07/18

Fort William PlusBus - is back!

The Fort William PlusBus ticket is now available once again. It can be used for unlimited travel on local bus routes in the Fort William area operated by Shiel Buses. For details visit click here>. 


issued: 28/08/2018

New Season Ticket Descriptions

From 2 January 2018 PlusBus season tickets will have new print descriptions, as follows:

PlusBus Month season (ticket code: PBM); 

PlusBus Quarter season (ticket code: PBQ);

PlusBus Annual season (ticket code: PBA).

These new ticket type codes and descriptions should make it easier for both retail clerks and customers to obtain and identify the ticket that is right for their travel needs. More information for Retail Clerks can be found on this page of this website.

Issued: 13/12/17

New 26-30 Railcard launched

Today, Wednesday 6th December 2017, a new Railcard has been introduced for travellers aged between 26 and 30 years of age. Customers living on the Greater Anglia rail network can now buy and use the 26-30 Railcard. As well as 1/3 off the price of many train tickets, this new Railcard also gives the holder 1/3 off the price of all PlusBus day tickets. To see a sample of PlusBus day ticket prices at the discounted price click here.

Issued: 06/12/17

Greenhithe PlusBus

From Sunday 3 September 2017, Greenhithe station will become a PlusBus ticket interchange. This is great news for people travelling to Bluewater mall for work, shopping or leisure journeys. Greenhithe PlusBus tickets will be sold by SouthEastern and all other Train Operating Companies.

Issued 09/08/17.

Buses are the best way to improve air quality quickly

New independent research published by Greener Journeys demonstrates that buses are a key part of the solution to improving air quality.

The report “Improving Air Quality in Towns & Citiesby Professor David Begg shows that bus travel is the most cost effective solution to improving air quality and should be at the very heart of the Government’s clean air strategy. 

This important piece of work clearly demonstrates the contribution that bus travel can make to improving air quality.  Britain's bus companies have invested huge sums in newer, cleaner buses and those on our roads are now more environmentally friendly than they have ever been.

It is an accepted fact that traffic congestion drastically worsens air quality and this report shows that bus priority measures can deliver 75% fewer emissions per bus passenger kilometer than for car passengers. So the case for the bus has never been stronger.  So hop on-baord today!  

Bus renaissance under way

The bus is coming back into fashion in parts of the UK where new, modern and innovative service offers are helping more people beat congestion, cut pollution and get from A to B more conveniently.

Official Government figures show that passenger numbers have been growing in certain towns and cities, particularly more affluent parts of the south, bucking the trend of long-term decline across the UK as a whole.

A new report by the LowCVP, commissioned by Greener Journeys, highlights how bus services in many of the regions experiencing the biggest growth in bus patronage, including Bristol (19% increase from 2009/10 to 2015/16), Reading (+17%) Milton Keynes (+15%) and Oxford (+12%), have benefited from investment and prioritisation by local councils in partnership with operators.

The boost is by no means limited to the south, with York more recently experiencing a 7% increase in bus usage since 2011/12 – the equivalent of an extra 600,000 passenger journeys per year. Whilst in Liverpool and on Merseyside bus use is up by nearly 10% over the last two years.

Popular improvements identified by the report, 'Any Journey is Greener by Bus', include cleaner vehicle technology, real-time travel information, integrated ticketing, free WiFi and charging, improved seating, shorter journey times, better routing and bus priority measures such as bus lanes.

The report, launched 9 February at the UK Bus Summit, says that in some cities and regions operators have introduced not just cleaner vehicle technology, but also a host of other innovative features which are attracting people back to buses, and even out of their cars in some cases.

See more here.

Arriva Trains Wales launches self-service sales of PlusBus day tickets

The main Train Operating Company across Wales has just completed programming self-service ticket machines at over 60 of its stations so that they now sell PLUSBUS day tickets. This means for the first time, that train travellers across the principality, who buy their train ticket on the day of travel, can now buy and use a PLUSBUS day ticket for the destination town of their journey too. 

For a map of the Arriva Trains Wales network, showing the stations at which PLUSBUS day tickets can now be bought from the self-service ticket machines, click here.

issued 19/07/2016.

GWR ticket machines now offer PlusBus

A growning number of self-service ticket machines at the Great Western Railway stations now offering PLUSBUS day tickets, inclduing those at London Paddington; Bath; Bristol Temple Meads, Chippenham; Didcot Parkway, Reading and Swindon. 

Issued: 12/12/2017.

Bus travel 'a third less stressful than driving the car'

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.


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