This week is “Catch the Bus Week” – a nationwide campaign driving awareness of the benefits of taking the bus. There will be events, ticket giveaways and other activities taking place across the country, with bus companies, local authorities and passenger groups involved.

Last Friday I went to visit First Bus at their Bolton depot to hear about their new initiatives to make buses more user friendly.

They have launched wifi for passengers on their Bolton buses, and the big change coming next month is real-time information about where buses are and when you can expect them. You’ll be able to check bus times and receive updates through the First app as well as being able to buy mobile tickets on smart phones.

It is good to see bus operators investing in this way to improve the service that they offer. We’ve seen in towns and cities around the world that where services are convenient, reliable and affordable they choose public transport, and being able to access the information you need to travel with confidence is a big part of that.

I am proud to support public transport. Many people on low incomes do not have access to a car, teenagers and pensioners alike often depend on buses to play an active role in the community. I will keep campaigning for Bolton to have the best possible bus services and I hope you’ll use this week to re-think buses as an alternative for you.

For more information on Catch the Bus Week and the benefits of buses click here.

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