Join the bus-keteers and travel
AN adventure on the buses begins on Monday for three Bucks senior politicians, and this week the three ‘bus-keteers’ got their tickets to ride for Catch the Bus Week.
The three Bucks County councillors will be aiming to turn at least one extra journey into a bus ride during Catch the Bus Week, which runs from Monday until Friday.
Bucks County Council, which is supporting bus services in the county to the tune of £2.4million this year, is backing the national move to get people out of their cars and on to the bus.
During the week, people are being encouraged to look at their local bus routes to see whether any of their journeys could be done by bus.
That is not difficult for cabinet member for environment and planning Warren Whyte, who will be catching the X60 from his division in Buckingham to County Hall, in Aylesbury, as he does several times a month, to support greener travel.
Chesham county councillor and transport cabinet member Mark Shaw usually catches the bus to get around appointments in London, while his deputy, Paul Irwin, sometimes parks at Aylesbury Vale Parkway and rides into town.
Mr Shaw, who will be catching his local bus to the station, said: “This is a challenge to Buckinghamshire to think outside the car for a week. Let the bus chauffeur you there!”
As an incentive, the three ‘bus-keteers’ are challenging readers to take ‘selfies’ on their smartphones while they are on the bus, and Tweet to @bucksbuses using #CTBW2015.
There will be a daily winner from Monday to Friday and each can choose either four weeks free travel with one of seven operators (Arriva, Carousel, First, Redline, Red Rose Travel or Z&S Transport), or one week free travel with Star Travel.
In the past year across Buckinghamshire, nearly 11 million trips were made by bus – up 1.3 per cent on the previous year.
All the county’s bus timetables can be downloaded from www. buckscc.gov.uk/ travelinfo.