Catch the Bus Week in Salisbury

SALISBURY Reds bus company will be in the Guidhall square tomorrow as part of Catch the Bus Week.

The operator will be raising awareness of the benefits of taking the bus, particularly among those who don’t normally use public transport. And anyone visiting Guildhall Square on Tuesday will have the chance to travel for free in a ticket giveaway.

“Two thirds of the nation’s public transport journeys are made by bus - and studies show that travelling in this way is a third less stressful than by car,” said Salisbury Reds communications manager, Nikki Honer.

“Catch the Bus Week gives us an excellent opportunity to highlight the many benefits of leaving the car at home and journeying with Salisbury Reds.”

Catch the Bus Week 2014 is an initiative from Greener Journeys - a national campaign for the modal shift from car to bus and coach.

It is an alliance of UK bus and coach companies and wider stakeholders - including Passenger Transport Executives, passenger and bus user groups, local authorities, business groups and environmental groups.

For more information about Catch the Bus Week activities in Salisbury, visit salisburyreds.co.uk.

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4:51pm Mon 28 Apr 14

hillyanne says...

I've recently given my car to charity.Living in Salisbury is great for buses,trains ,walking and cycling.(Not so good on Sundays or if you live in an outlying village,I suppose.)
After over 50 years of driving;and yes it does become habit-forming;one is "wedded to the steering wheel",I am enjoying Salisbury Reds and also days out to the coast,etc.No more stress;no more harrumphing at the poor standards of courtesy,lack of patience shown by an increasing number of drivers and the poor state of so many road surfaces around here to contend with.
I think,perhaps,the cost may put off a lot of younger people.
I've recently given my car to charity.Living in Salisbury is great for buses,trains ,walking and cycling.(Not so good on Sundays or if you live in an outlying village,I suppose.) After over 50 years of driving;and yes it does become habit-forming;one is "wedded to the steering wheel",I am enjoying Salisbury Reds and also days out to the coast,etc.No more stress;no more harrumphing at the poor standards of courtesy,lack of patience shown by an increasing number of drivers and the poor state of so many road surfaces around here to contend with. I think,perhaps,the cost may put off a lot of younger people. hillyanne
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9:17pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I think Wilts & Dorset are 'taking the Michael'! They close and sell off the bus stations in Salisbury and Amesbury, cost local tax payers tens of thousand of pounds installing on street bus stops, which litter the streets with buses causing further traffic congestion and then they promote 'catch the bus week'! Please excuse me if I'm not entirely supportive.
I think Wilts & Dorset are 'taking the Michael'! They close and sell off the bus stations in Salisbury and Amesbury, cost local tax payers tens of thousand of pounds installing on street bus stops, which litter the streets with buses causing further traffic congestion and then they promote 'catch the bus week'! Please excuse me if I'm not entirely supportive. Schoolmum999
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11:09am Tue 29 Apr 14

dinzle says...

No one would catch my bus (27 Salisbury to Shaftesbury) more than once if they had an alternative. The service is sparse and has been a complete joke since Wiltshire Council added an extra 13-15 minutes to the route by unnecessarily dumping Quidhampton and Waterditchampton on it, both areas within easy walking distance of several other routes and also lucky to have their own (much more regular than ours) R8 service. Add to this the fact that we are usually given the smallest, most uncomfortable buses possible in the evening and the chaos of three or four buses all trying to depart at the same time from the same stand since the bus station closed, and most people would find that it’s just not worth the stress! The only good thing about it is that we are fortunate to have the best drivers (except for the one who can’t turn right of Waterditchampton and adds even more time to the journey home by going back into Wilton and turning around in the market square!).
No one would catch my bus (27 Salisbury to Shaftesbury) more than once if they had an alternative. The service is sparse and has been a complete joke since Wiltshire Council added an extra 13-15 minutes to the route by unnecessarily dumping Quidhampton and Waterditchampton on it, both areas within easy walking distance of several other routes and also lucky to have their own (much more regular than ours) R8 service. Add to this the fact that we are usually given the smallest, most uncomfortable buses possible in the evening and the chaos of three or four buses all trying to depart at the same time from the same stand since the bus station closed, and most people would find that it’s just not worth the stress! The only good thing about it is that we are fortunate to have the best drivers (except for the one who can’t turn right of Waterditchampton and adds even more time to the journey home by going back into Wilton and turning around in the market square!). dinzle
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