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From the 1st to the 7th of July, we are encouraging people across south Essex to swap one car journey for a ride on a public bus, as part of Catch the Bus Week 2019.
Catch the Bus Week aims to get more people using the many bus routes running across the country, regardless of their travel needs. As highlighted in a number of industry reports, more people using the bus can have huge knock-on effects for society more broadly – from reducing congestion and helping people get to job interviews, to cutting national carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million tonnes each year.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve been working with a number of bus operators to encourage more people to use bus services across south Essex. Less than a quarter of people across Essex regularly travel by bus, and to change this, ForwardMotion has provided a range of services to help people get on the bus. This includes personal travel plans to show people the best route for them to take and free bus passes for those who need them, such as school pupils and older passengers.
First Group are hosting a special event in Southend High Street on the 2nd July, while on the 11th of July, Arriva are celebrating 100 years of the number one bus service. And if you want to try something different during the week, a new Open Top Bus service, provided by Go Ahead-London, will run from the 22nd of June, giving people the chance to see the sights of Southend and Leigh-on-Sea. ForwardMotion also works with bus provider Ensign to help get people out of their cars and onto the bus.
For more advice on the bus routes available across south Essex, people are encouraged to use ForwardMotion’s personal travel plan, which can be found here: https://forwardmotionsouthessex.co.uk/travel-info/personal-travel-plans
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