Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Catch the Bus Week with Stagecoach

Celebrate Catch the Bus Week with Stagecoach! - bus image from peakfm.co.uk

Right now we're in the middle of the fourth annual Catch the Bus Week, 'a national celebration of the benefits of taking the bus'. Because there really are a lot of them! They're good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for the health and wellbeing of those reliant on them. Here is a little infographic I put together of some of the ones listed by the #CTBW team:

Benefits to bus travel

I've definitely found my commute way less stressful since switching rush hour on the Welsh Marches Line for a much more comfortable journey on the Stagecoach X24 service, operating between Newport and Blaenavon. For me this is pretty much a door to door affair; we live two streets or so away from our nearest stop on Trussel Road, then there is a stop right outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool.

Stagecoach Gold Bus

Last December my commute improved still further when the X24 was the first South Wales service to go Gold. The Stagecoach Gold brand offers a more luxurious way to travel, with extra legroom, high back leather-style seats, more efficient engines, and free Wi-Fi and USB charging. They're very swank!

Inside of Stagecoach Gold Bus

Sometimes I think life would be easier if I could drive (and afford a car, tax, petrol, etc, etc), but the more you use the bus the more cost effective it is. Today I had to pop up to Pontypool to attend a Citizenship Ceremony in my role as deputy mayor, so a return ticket cost me £7. But on weeks when I'm back and fore a lot, I get a Torfaen 1 week megarider which is really good value at £16.50; you can get a week ticket covering the whole of South Wales for just £24. For more about Stagecoach in your area, check out their ticket types and bus fares.

The best thing about catching the bus though, at least in my opinion, is that it gives you time to get things done. Whether that's daydreaming about what you want for tea, chatting with friends (or strangers!), or catching up with your social media, you can do it all on the bus. As the average Brit spends 6 hours a week commuting, over the year that would be enough time to learn French, read 52 books, or knit 28 scarves!

I usually spend the time responding to emails, listening to music, eavesdropping on other people, or getting ready for work. Today I was faffing about getting the chain on, like so:

Bus selfie!

I also took the opportunity today to enter Stagecoach's #CTBW (Catch the Bus Week) competition - the prize is £100 worth of Amazon vouchers. You need to take a photograph showing how you spend your time on the bus, and share it on the Stagecoach Bus Facebook page, I decided to show the Pose Skeletons that there is life beyond their Golf GTI, and get them to showcase my usual bus activities.

Thankfully the bus wasn't very busy, so I didn't attract too many weird looks as I set this shot up! :)

Pose Skeletons on the bus!

There they are, applying last minute lippy, browsing the net, reading classic literature ('Death by Monkeys'!), and spending time with the family - children under 5 travel free on Stagecoach, and pets can travel at the discretion of the driver. I think dog tickets are currently about 70p in Torfaen; Marianna always goes wild with joy if there is a 'wow-wow' on the bus with us. 

I suppose the last thing I have to say about buses is, if you like your local bus service - make sure you use it! If a service becomes economically univable it's a likely candidate for the axe, and that's not good news for anyone. (Well, except maybe taxi drivers...)

Do you commute by bus? What do you do to pass the time on board?



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142 comments:

  1. Oh buses! My six year old is absolutely obsessed and him and my mum have gone on many a (completely free!) odyssey from one end of the line (Kingston) to the other (Heathrow Central)! As for me, I now use the Park and Ride four days a week in Guildford and just this morning I was sitting on there fiddling about on my phone thinking, "how lovely to be chauffeured for even a little bit of my journey". So yes, go buses! #thetruthabout

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    1. I don't know if I'd be as big a fan if I lived somewhere with a bigger bus commuting population, but it's so nice to have a guaranteed seat and a smooth ride. I used to hate getting the train to work, I'd always have to stand both ways.

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  2. I haven't been on a bus in a while but have been tempted a few times to leave the car at home and take the girls into town on the bus instead as I'm sure they'd enjoy it. I like your point about using the time to learn French - I used to drive all around London and spent a lot of time just sitting in traffic jams and I used to learn lines for shows (by recording the dialogue onto a CD) and listen to French CDs to pass the time - it was a brilliant way of brushing up my French and getting the script out of my hand for shows as quickly as possible.

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    1. I've always had good intentions about language learning during commutes, but I've never actually given it a go. It's such a good idea though! I'd love to dust off my German, and have a go at learning Mandarin. x

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  3. Same as the comment above, haven't been in a bus for ages. But when we're visiting bigger places, especially cities, we do enjoy riding the bus. It's such a novelty for us :) We like to people watch.

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    1. I always love going on the double deckers in London for the same reason, as we don't have any locally. :)

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  4. We use the bus all the time as me and the hubby don't drive.when we go a bit of a distance I like to spend time reading a book or on my phone.

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    1. I read so much on the bus - usually true crime though, so people do give me some odd looks... :)

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  5. I use the bus all the time because I don't drive I like to listen to music but having the little one who is obsessed with buses likes to point at every bus he sees as we sit on one xx

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    1. Aw, bless. Marianna likes to point out every "babi" (kid), "wow wow" (dog), and then if people talk to her, yell "go 'way"! *cringe*

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  6. That last photo did make me chuckle. I live in quite a rural town and the bus services aren't great so I do drive everywhere. I would definitely use the bus though if the services were better.

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    1. I think you have to drive if you live somewhere rural really - there's just no other way to get around after about 4pm!

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  7. Our buses here are certainly stressful,
    The drivers are rude & barely turn up haha!

    I understand for those in London & more polite areas but not here :P haha x

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    1. Aw, that sucks! We have some really lovely drivers locally. x

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  8. I hadn't been on a bus for ages until the older day when my daughter caught one to here new school. That was Stagecoach! She is going to a new school in September and will be doing 8 miles a day rides so she will be catching a bus.

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    1. Aw - I bet I'll be such an embarrassing mum when Marianna's old enough to get the bus on her own for the first time, I can see myself crying and everything!

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  9. I have to admit that I dislike bus travel with a passion but that is only because we are rural and its so infrequent its ridiculous

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    1. I'd hate to live somewhere more rural; unless you drive it's just impossible. x

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  10. I get a bus everyday to and from work and it is something I do without even thinking about it x

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    1. I hardly ever got it until I started my current job, and now it's just part of the routine. x

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  11. I rarely get a bus, but I always use my time on the train commute checking emails and updates!

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    1. I always used to read when I went by train, but I used to use my phone for work too so I'd always end up taking work calls from people who just couldn't wait for office hours...

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  12. We never get the bus, but Evie is obsessed with shouting about them as they drive past. You've just reminded me we must take her on them. I think it's a good idea to start catching them more, save on petrol and an easier commute. x

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    1. Marianna is a bit weird with them. She has a toy bus which she's obsessed with, and an episode of Rainbow she loves is about getting the bus. But when we actually go on them she's totally nonplussed. I don't if it's because they don't fit the red double decker look or what!

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  13. What a great post about buses! Love the cool graphics too! We love pointing and following buses but haven't rode on one for a long time!

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  14. We don't drive so our only option is to travel by bus. We don't often do it though, as we live in quite a remote area, anywhere worth going takes ages on the bus and I just can't cope with being on a bus for an hour and a half! It's a great thing trying to get people to switch from car to bus for a few journeys though, most cities have bus lanes meaning travel is quicker and it's obviously better for the environment!

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  15. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing more exciting than getting a seat at the very front of the top deck of a double decker bus! Where I live, we also have open top buses in the summer :) (Not great for your hair style, though). I'm a big fan of buses.
    #KCACOLS

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    1. That is so cool! I still love going on double deckers - whenever I visit friends in London it drives them mad that I make them sit upstairs. xD

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  16. I love our little local bus, all the old people on it know everyone and chat to everyone :) #KCACOLS

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    1. You can get a really nice community on the bus! Some of the drivers are awesome too - there's one on in the mornings who has great banter with everyone. :)

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  17. I am myself always on a bus, driving is too stressful... A shame it's so expensive a in London #KCACOLS

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    1. I'd suck at driving - I've been so distracted I've missed my bus stop before now, I can only imagine if I was at the wheel!

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  18. I have to admit I can't remember the last time I went on a bus! The service round is is pretty shocking and very expensive so I drive it walk. They do have so many benefits though so maybe I'll try again X #KCACOLS

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    1. We're lucky to have a pretty urban service - when I was at uni I was doing research in a more rural town and the last bus back was at 4:30pm!

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  19. I don't tend to need to use the bus too often as we are so close to the tube but I can see the benefits for you. I love your little skeleton family. I bet you win! Good luck. #KCACOLS

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    1. Hehe, fingers crossed! They wouldn't sit up for the photo and I kept thinking, if I don't win I'm going to feel like a right pillock!

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  20. I'm utterly horrendous with a bus. If I manage to get on the right one, I don't have the right change, and I almost always lurch forward as the driver sets off, then worry about missing my stop so end up getting off BEFORE my stop. I think there should be some sort of bus etiquette guide for phobes like me :-) Love your skeletons, and good eyebrows lady! #KCACOLS

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    1. Aw, thank you! It's so sad but when I took that photo all I could think was, dang, my eyebrows are looking good today.

      Those buses which have a machine which will only take the right money are the worst. Our local service has a proper little till, but I was at uni in the next city for a while and had to get Newport Bus. I'd have all these pennies counted out in a little bag and the drivers would just look at me with this mixture of pity and horror! x

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  21. My daughter loves to get bus...there are just so many benefits in getting the bus! The service around our area has become very competitive and expensive which is a real shame. #KCACOLS

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    1. Some services are really extortionate now!

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  22. We don't have a buss system here :( I wish we did it would make life easier. Of course I live way in the country... Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

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  23. I used to avoid buses like the plague with my buggy. Sometimes you'd have to let 2 or 3 go past as there was no space in the buggy area. The drivers would be snooty about whether you get on at the front or the back (front is a nightmare, but some drivers insist on it, as you then proceed to knock everyone's knees/feet and hear everyone muttering why 'the stupid mother' didn't just get on at the back...)

    I now have a double buggy and am still loathe to get on one. But having recently took a trip, off-peak!, and seeing how much my toddler loved it, and how everyone forgave my knee-bashing once she started singing Wheels on the Bus very sweetly, I think we'll be trying it more often. #KCACOLS

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    1. Reading everyone's comments, I think it really makes a difference what type of bus you have. Ours are all front only, but the pushchair / wheelchair bay is right at the front so it's pretty hassle free. Some of the older ones didn't have bays at all though! x

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  24. I'd really like to take my daughter for a trip on the bus, just for fun. Unfortunately, to get anywhere worth going it would likely mean changing twice!
    #KCACOLS

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    1. It sounds like you'd have to make a day of it! x

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  25. We go to school every day on the bus unless its raining heavily. Always something interesting going on and it's much more relaxing than getting stuck in a jam. Also I walk back home/work 3 miles so great exercise for me too. #KCACOLS

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    1. Some of the stuff you see / hear on the bus is just legendary! x

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  26. Years ago I always commuted to work by bus and I would read and immerse myself in this wonderful fictional world of vampires, werewolves, love, death and criminal investigations. These days I live in the Norfolk countryside with about 6 buses a day driving through our village, am a Stay at home dad and yes I have joined the Dark Side. I drive a Landrover Discovery Sport! #KCACOLS

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    1. I love your description of it! I think I will turn myself one day, probably just in time to serve as 'mum's taxi'... :)

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  27. I've not been on a bus for ages, we live in London and I have no need to get a bus. I definitely have a fear of taking my little one and buggy on a bus. But you are right being on a bus let's you get on with stuff and to see the world whizz past you X #KCACOLS

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    1. I was a bit nervous at first how it would be with the pram, but we're lucky in that our services are rarely packed - there's always been plenty of room. x

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  28. I much prefer travelling by bus than train or car. Unfortunately the bus service in our area isn't very good. My daughters use buses to get around though and as teenagers it gave them their first glimpses of freedom. I love the skeleton photo - legend! Alison x #KCACOLS

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    1. Thanks! Fingers crossed they will reward my dedication to getting that shot. :) x

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  29. I do the school run on the bus everyday and it's NOT an enjoyable experience with a buggy, a four year old and the rest of the world trying to get to work and school... #KCACOLS

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    1. Yeah, it's always rammed for the school services. The worst is when it's cold and wet too. :(

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  30. I haven't been on a bus in years! I do enjoy traveling on the metro though, it's a great time to catch up on my reading. Particularly without my son, but he enjoys it too (well, most of the time!)
    #KCACOLS

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    1. I try and be all enthusiastic when I take my daughter on the bus, like, we're on a bus, look at what we can see, etc, etc. She usually just looks at me like I'm mad!

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  31. I used to love getting the bus when I lived in England! When we come back to visit in August there will be many bus trips as my two see it is as a real treat. We don't ever really need to use the bus on Jersey as everything is within walking distance! Also hope the skeletons enjoyed the bus journey :-) #KCACOLS

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    1. I didn't realise how small Jersey was until recently! It looks lovely though.

      Hehe, they looked sad to have to back in their scale model car. xD

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  32. We have a train station near us so I often opt for this over bus but I'm not against catching the bus any time. Love the skeleton pose! #kcacols

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  33. There's something very special about riding on top deck of a bus! I love the look of the posh bus! #KCACOLS

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    1. I love sitting on a double decker - it's the best spot! x

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  34. I used to love the bus for getting stuck into a book and just switching off for a bit. I have to admit that I've not got the bus often since I've gained the addition of a pushchair as I spend the whole time on edge in case we have to get off if a wheelchair user gets on. Once we're past the pushchair age I reckon I'll be all about the bus again! #KCACOLS

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    1. I know what you mean - our buses have nice big bays, I've been too nervous to take Marianna on the train for the same reason x

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  35. Wow, that is a posh bus you have there! I don't use the bus that much now, but I used to use it a lot. My Gran raves about the bus and always finds people to chat to, finds out the gossip of the day, and she loves that it is free. (with her bus pass).
    Amanda. #kcacols
    ps. Good luck in the competition.

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    1. Thank you! I know, they're really swank! I love hearing all the gossip on the bus, even if it is about pensioners I don't know, lol. x

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  36. I get trains with the kids occasionally but the thought of getting the bus with three under five slightly petrifies me! Pre-kids I used to use buses everyday, but a house move and three little people later, not so much :) It is a shame because I am dreadful at parking ;) #KCACOLS

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    1. I know what you mean - I haven't taken Marianna on a train yet. It's alright off-peak, I expect, but the thought of cramming on to our local train service with the pushchair brings me out in a cold sweat... x

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  37. My son uses the bus all the time to get to college and meet his friends. I don't always have the time to take him where he needs to be, so it is great that we have a good bus service here.
    #KCACOLS

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    1. That's fab - I really hope we still have a good service when Marianna's in her teens so she can have that bit of independence to get around. x

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  38. I used to have to take 3 buses to go to work. Hated those days. But it was fun riding on a double-decker with my kids when we were in London.

    #KCACOLS

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  39. I drive almost an hour round trip to work every day. There have been many days I wished there was another option where somebody else was doing the driving for me. #KCACOLS

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    1. I think that's what I like best about it - just sitting back and letting someone else have the stress!

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  40. I enjoy the bus more now that I don't need a pushchair otherwise I hated it during bus hours but I have always struggled due to my disability causing it to be a struggle. But I appreciate the benefits of travelling by bus on the environment and social factors. X #kcacols

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    1. The new buses have a really big area for wheelchairs and buggies, but some of the older ones were a nightmare! x

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  41. Oddly enough I used Stagecoach buses this week too. I would usually drive everywhere but my 6yr old loves going on the bus and we have just moved and there is a bus stop very near our new house. I found it quite expensive though as it cost me £7 return from Rogerstone to Risca (10mins journey) so I won't be using it again in a hurry. I have lived in a city before now and found them really easy & cost effective to use there. I'm off to enter that competition now, thanks! #KCACOLS

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    1. Yeah, you really need to get a week rider (or longer) for it to be able to compete at all with city prices. I always find it really sweet when the driver is shocked on my behalf how expensive a Cwmbran - Pontypool ticket is if you just want a single! x

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  42. Buses are great in cities. Awful if you live in the sticks. I live in a village on a main road but even then it's pretty rubbish. #kcacols

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    1. I don't know how we'd manage if we lived somewhere rural, without a car, etc.

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  43. Oh buses are great if you can get a seat and the bus driver doesn't take the corners too quickly. Pen x #KCACOLS

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    1. Oh, man, I've been on a few buses in the past that were driven like they were on a race track!

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  44. I rarely travel by bus any more but I used to get two buses to work and it is definitely less stressful. I also used to enjoy reading which I don't get much time to do any more #KCACOLS

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    1. I would never know who any of the 'celebrities' are these days if it wasn't for reading the Metro on the bus, lol. x

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  45. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this but my kids have never been on a bus! Maybe that's something for us to do over the summer holidays, they'd be so excited! #KCACOLS

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    1. Aw, well, I don't think they're missing out on too much! At least it will it a fun trip for them though when they try it. :)

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  46. Can't remember the last I traveled on a bus to actually get somewhere. Went on the park and ride to get to Bournemouth air show and the kids loved it even though I got lost and ended up on a different bus and they went for a longer ride with The Hub. I wish busses run by me but it would take me 10 mins (half an hour with the kids) to walk into town then a hour bus trip into the city when by car it would take me 20 mins door to door. Shame really as I hate driving but need must! Great post though love the iconographic #KCACOLS

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    1. Aw, thank you. :) It's so awkward when the walk to the stop is a day out in itself. We've had a few services stopped in the last few years, and merged in to others, but then it means that people have to walk further to get to the nearest stop which isn't great for the old, etc. x

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  47. haha that photo is classic, applying that lippy would be totally me lol. I used the bus as a child a fair bit to get to school, but where I live now there is no bus service for me to use. Usually when I travel into the city tough I get a train and then trams around the city. But we did drive in for my birthday the outré week as we stayed a couple of nights in the city so it was easier with 3 kids and the luggage. Think is great though when you don't need to battle for a car park! #Kcacaols

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    1. Yeah, I think so much of it comes down to where you live and how things are positioned. I'm really lucky because everything I need is on the main route, which has buses running every 10 minutes. If I lived elsewhere it would be a lot more awkward. x

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  48. I don't use my bus services as much as I used to, mainly because I am trying to use the walk on the school run to get a bit healthier but also the times aren't very convenient for us. #kcacols

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    1. I always intend to do the 'walk a stop further' thing, but then I'm running late and it's just like, nah. Lol. x

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  49. My boys love going on buses but we don't tend to go on them that much. We usually walk to school or go by car. I can see the draw of them though and I love the idea of being able to just watch the world go by #KCACOLS

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    1. I love that sense of, once you're on that's it until you get there, it's all out of your hands. x

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  50. I can't even remember the last time I got on a bus lol - I get why they are better for the environment and less stressful etc but Im always so late my life would never get going if I couldn't drive haha.. the teen won't get on a bus with me either (I won't let her go alone yet) something about me being 'embarrassing' or something ;) so its the car for us! #kcacols

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    1. Haha, yeah, I can definitely relate to that. You can always rely on the bus calling at every single stop en route if you're running late too!

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  51. goodness I think it was over 15 years ago that I got a bus :/ ! I just really enjoy my car and there are no buses that could get me to work without literally doubling my commute :/ #KCACOLS

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    1. I think I would like to learn to drive at some point, I suppose it's just down to finances, really!

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  52. I can't tell you the last time I got a bus! My Mum uses them all the time though, I get the lowdown on every service every time I see her lol! #KCACOLS

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  53. I have not been on a bus for 3 years. The last time we went on a bus was when we were on holiday up in Whitby and took a really old bus on the Heartbeat tour. It was great! The trouble with buses in Cornwall you might get one an hour - or not at all!

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    1. That sounds like awesome fun! My main memory of buses in Cornwall is taking the 'scenic' route when on holiday one year, and the bus took about 4 times as long as we were expecting! x

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  54. I used to get the school bus and have many memories of that. These days i very rarely use the bus but see the benefits. Our little girl loves the bus and i love to be nosey ;) #kcacols

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    1. You hear some of the best things on the bus! Lol.

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  55. Oh I love getting the bus...such an underrated service! We are very lucky where we live though - because we are in a city and a student one there are loads of buses and the service is very efficient. I also like catching the bus in London now I don't go very regularly, you can see the sights nice and slowly (and cheaply). My son adores the bus! Lovely insight into your journey too! #KCACOLS

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    1. I think it does depend a lot on where you live - I guess the more rural, the fewer users, the less money the service gets in to make improvements. x

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  56. I don't think I've gotten on a bus since I was 18 but I do remember loving that peace sitting there listening to my iPod of chatting with friends. Since having our kiddies I've really wanted to take a little bus ride somewhere as it's a fairly cheap experience that I know they'll love. Hopefully our service won't be cut! You bus looks really posh too! #kcacols

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    1. It always seemed more of an adventure as a kid if we went on the bus - or, even better, the train! x

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  57. I haven't heard of 'catch the bus week' but I think its a great idea! We have such a good bus service in Nottingham but since passing my driving test 10yrs ago I haven't been on a bus since! I love my car and take it everywhere! If I went into town more I would probably use the bus as its cheaper and easier :)

    #KCACOLS

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    1. I love the idea because I think most of us only really think of the downside of the bus - it's nice to have some positives, if only for a week!

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  58. Another one here with bus obsessed children...! Unfortunately to take a bus (or actually 4) to get to work is not an option and we are fortunate to be able to walk most places where we live in North London, but when I lived in Essex I was constantly on the buses! #KCACOLS

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    1. I only really use the bus for work - we're lucky to live right in the centre of town, so everything in Cwmbran is easy to walk to. x

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  59. I rarely use the bus to be honest! I don't even know what buses run locally either. I either walk and train or drive (normally drive). I do agree though that buses save the hassle of finding parking spaces and congestion charges! #KCACOLS

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    1. I know all the bus timetable now - but I have to check the train one because I don't use it much anymore. :)

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  60. I like travelling by bus, too. As you say you can spend the time so much better. Now with the buggy I do get frustrated from time to time as you might end of waiting for several buses because the wheelchair/buggy area is full and so you end up being late. Great read! #KCACOLS

    Nadia - ScandiMummy x

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    1. Luckily I've never had that problem - most people who use the bus here are pensioners so it's not such a big issue. x

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  61. I like travelling by bus or more truthful is I did like travelling by bus before life became as hectic as it is for me now. Luckily I have a car and can nip here there and everywhere now in the least amount of time with the school drop offs and all the visits I have to do as part of my job. However, back when I did travel by bus on my own then it was lovely!

    mainy - myrealfairy

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    1. I love that sense of giving up responsibility for 15 minutes or so before moving on to the next task! x

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  62. I used to use the bus a lot and since I don't drive it's important to me to have that option. Where I live now, despite being a big city, doesn't have a great public transport infrastructure. Going anywhere by bus takes ages. I'm lucky that I can usually get a lift to and from work, but I've had to get the bus home on a few occasions. It's very far from being door to door though. I usually use a bus journey to read a book, so actually enjoy the journey and the time it gives me. Bus drivers in Mexico are usually hated by car drivers as they act like they own the road and cut you up, etc. A bit dangerous, really. I have been on bus rides that felt more like a roller coaster ride!I like the look of the gold bus - that is the way to go! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thankfully our local bus journeys are much more sedate! There's only one bit on the valleys road where it can feel a bit risky - especially if the wind is strong! x

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  63. This is a great idea although I must say I have lived in my area for 5 years now and am yet to get a bus. The idea of dragging 2 babies and a double buggie on scares me a little, but perhaps when they're older eh xx #KCACOLS

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    1. Hehe, yeah, that does sound like a bit of an adventure! x

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  64. The last time I took a bus into town I was with the eldest. Fortunately she was well behaved. I don't think I could cope taking two little ones. #KCACOLS

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    1. At the moment it's fine because Marianna's confined to her pushchair, but I can imagine it being a different story once she can run about the place!

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  65. I used to get the bus a lot before I had my daughter as I have only just learnt to drive - but it seemed like too much hassles with a pram! I think it's great for getting about when you don't have a car #KCACOLS

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  66. I haven't been on a bus for ages, but mainly because we live in the middle of nowhere and I'd have to drive the nearest bus stop 😂😂 I can't believe buses are so posh now, free wifi, awesome! #KCACOLS

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    1. I know - I never thought I'd see the day! x

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  67. That bus looks very fancy with the gold and the leather seats! I have nearly really been one for getting the bus as I drive but my little boy loves them! I try take them on them every so often instead of driving as he really does enjoy a trip on the bus xx #KCACOLS

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    1. It's a big improvement on the scratchy old fabric covers, for sure! :)

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  68. I used to take the bus all the time before I started driving and you know I did find it much more relaxingeneral. Although we did not have these kids of buses. They look so nice. #KCACOLS

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    1. I know - they're way nicer than the main fleet!

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  69. Those buses look fab! I use buses and I really want to say I like them but I can't I'm sorry. We are covered my Arriva and they are truly awful #kcacols

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    1. If Arriva bus is anything like Arriva Trains I feel for you - their service is awful.

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  70. Great post! I am a big fan of public transport, including buses. I used to use them a lot for my commute when younger and living in Greater London. Unfortunately where I live , the bus timetable and frequency just doesn't work in relation to our school run/my work etc. Also, they recently cut services in the evening, so where we used to be able to get a bus back from the pub/cinema/dinner in the evening, now we have to get a taxi. £10-13 for a 3 mile journey. Makes me so mad! When the girls are older they will get a bus to secondary school. They love a good bus, especially a double decker. But for them it is currently a novelty, rather than the norm :-( Kathy xx #KCACOLS

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    1. It's so expensive if you have to get taxis! When I was pregnant I was getting the bus into town for meetings in Newport, then a taxi up to the civic centre because I couldn't face the hill. My feet thanked me but my bank balance cried... :)

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  71. Sigh. This is something I miss so greatly from traveling. We just don't have buses (or any other public transportation, for that matter) around here. It's very discouraging to HAVE to drive everywhere, all the time, and have no other choice!

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    1. My dad always says he wants to move somewhere really rural but that's the kind of thing I'd worry about - if you couldn't drive for whatever reason you're stranded.

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