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:
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.
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!
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:
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! :)
Do you commute by bus? What do you do to pass the time on board?