Now in its fifth year, Catch the Bus Week (3 – 9 July) is an annual opportunity to put the bus in the spotlight and celebrate its unique importance, whilst encouraging people to leave the car at home and get on board with the most popular mode of public transport.
Research suggests more than four in five people think the bus has an important role in traditional British life, so it is worth promoting the positive impact bus services have on our communities.
As operators, we are mindful of the vital role we play on a local level and are keen to maintain our place as a service at the heart of Dundee.
It’s a big operation to keep our little city moving. We run 115 buses and carry 13 million passengers over 7.5 million kilometres every year, providing links which benefit every area of local life – not least for those who directly depend on us every day. Throughout this week, we will be focusing on how buses help five themes in particular:
On Friday, we will be welcoming Humza Yousaf, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, to our depot, where he will meet with employees and hear about our day-to-day operations. In this, our 20th year as Dundee’s main operator, we have been looking back on some of the great things achieved and key milestones reached in that time. From being the first Scottish operator to run a 100% low-floor fleet in 2004, to launching the ABC multi-operator smart ticket in 2016, the last two decades have seen much investment and innovation – all of which has benefited this city and its people.
We work to address concerns and meet demand in a way that is efficient and effective, and we achieve this with the simplicity of our ‘hub and spoke’ network which connects communities to major destinations across Dundee; whether you’re heading out to work or setting off for school, or meeting up with friends before attending an appointment at Ninewells. We also offer a variety of straightforward and affordable tickets to suit your travel needs, and we value the comfort and convenience of our passengers.
The bus is a community asset available to, and for the benefit of, everyone in Dundee. It is not just a ‘traditional’ part of an era gone by – it has an important and evolving role to play in the future as well.