September is Catch The Bus Month. The best way to preserve your existing bus services is by catching the bus!
Buses can play a key role in addressing air quality and tackling the Climate Emergency.
• 45% of Somerset’s CO2 emissions come from transport. If more people switched to public transport and active travel this would play a significant part in reducing these emissions.
• A fully loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road.
• A brand new diesel car with a single occupant can emit more nitrogen oxides than a new bus carrying 50 or more passengers.
• Buses and coaches account for just 6% of nitrogen oxide emissions from road transport compared to 71% for diesel cars and vans.
• If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus, there would be a billion fewer car journeys and a saving of 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
• Bus operators have invested £2 billion over the last 5 years in new cleaner and greener buses, meaning the UK has its cleanest ever bus fleet.
• In the UK 55% of greenhouse gas emissions from cars and just 3% are from buses.
• In 2018 33% of nitrogen oxide emissions were from cars and just 2% were from buses.
• In the UK buses are responsible for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions but deliver over 5% of the journeys we make.