Join the bus-ke­teers and travel

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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