Latest Keep up to date on the #lovemybus movement in our regular blog. Filter CategoriesAll PostsBlogUpcoming EventsChampions Women driving change in transport - Sarah Graham, Bus Users UK It’s vital that the transport industry recognises the unique contribution women have to make... Robert on the role of buses for our future In his latest interview, Robert shares some insights on encouraging more people to choose bus and help build a sustainable future Bus at the Heart of the Nation Buses have been an integral part of Scottish life for over a century, says Chris Cheek, adapting to huge changes in all our lives, retaining their relevance for the 21st Century Iasmim: “Buses are an essential part of my life” Iasmim is a Science Communicator and recently completed her Masters in Science Communication at the University of Edinburgh. Lili: “Top 5 reasons why I choose to Bus as a Canadian+Scottish Resident” Lili has worked with the #lovemybus campaign and helped promote Scottish Bus Week 2022. Rishabh: ‘Bus is my second home’ Rishabh recently completed his MSc in Quantitative Finance at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and has been working with the #lovemybus campaign, helping to spread the love for buses. #lovemybus at Stranraer Campus We were at Stranraer Campus (Dumfries & Galloway College) on 28 February 2023 to promote the benefits of bus and the Under 22s free bus pass (U22s). The event was a huge success! #lovemybus attends Freshers Fair at SRUC Elmwood Campus Our #lovemybus team attended a Freshers Fair at Scotland's Rural College's (SRUC) Elmwood Campus, based in Cupar, Fife, on 8 February 2023. Introducing..Rhys Rhys is an inspirational young person, working with buses to serve the community and encouraging other young people to choose the bus to build a fairer and greener Scotland Introducing..Rachel Rachel is promoting the use of buses and keeping communities engaged through a range of events across Scotland #lovemybus and Stagecoach East Scotland: Festive Events in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy 2022 Our team was with Stagecoach East Scotland at Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy bus stations in the Fife area on Monday 19 December 2022 to promote bus use over the Christmas and New Year period. #lovemybus at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen We were at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on 15 September 2022 to promote the benefits of buses and the Under 22s free bus pass (U22s). Guest Blog: Greig MacKay, Director for Scotland, Bus Users UK Bus Users UK: Catch the Bus Month 2022 Guest Blog from Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth MSP I’m pleased to welcome the first ever Scottish Bus Week. News: #lovemybus Pack for Schools & Youth Groups Today Scotland’s #lovemybus campaign launches a national programme for children and young people at Ratho Primary School, Edinburgh. Molly Stewart, University of Strathclyde There is a misconception that public transport is slow, expensive and unclean. In reality, the opposite is true. Open Sessions Find out more about all the benefits of choosing bus to you, your community and wider world! Guest Blog: Former Minister for Transport Graeme Dey MSP The superpower that is unique to bus is the support it can offer us in our just transition to a zero emission society. Andrew's Vision for Bus My vision for the continued future of bus is to keep customer service at a high. Jason on his vision for Bus My vision for the future of bus really is to support all the good things that we as a company are trying to achieve. Ewan's hopes for Bus and COP26 If I could add one thing to improve bus... Guest blog from John Bynorth, Environmental Protection Scotland I’m John Bynorth, the Policy and Communications Officer at Environmental Protection Scotland. Guest blog from Mollie McGoran MSYP I’m a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament representing Caithness, Sutherland and Ross and I am also the Convener of the Transport, Environment and Rural Aﬀairs (TERA) Committee. Robert Robert works with stakeholders to promote the use of bus as a sustainable, accessible and a green travel method of choice to passengers. Jason Jason is supporting people to stay connected by bus in many ways, including working in partnership with lots of organisations and initiatives. Michelle Michelle has an important role in ensuring that those who rely on public transport can take their everyday and essential journeys. Andrew Andrew is keeping people connected by being a driver, to help deliver the links that people need to move around. Carolyn Carolyn is helping people stay connected by providing important information that allows people to make journeys, and ensure they have everything they need to know ahead of travel. Ewan Every day Ewan and fellow team members take on the big challenge that is allocating the fleet of 300 buses at the Caledonia Depot so they are assigned to drivers and routes. Jason shares what he enjoys in his job Here Jason shares his favourite aspects of his job, more of his own story, reflections of the community spirit at the depot. Mikey Mikey chooses the bus to commute because it is better for the environment, to reduce congestion and it is flexible for his lifestyle. Christine Christine chooses the bus because it is reliable, relaxed, convenient and less busy than the train. Ewan on his job, a giant jigsaw and electric buses Here Ewan shares his passion for his role and for public transport, and reflects on how those have not chosen bus before may change now to do so - and the exciting future ahead in Glasgow! Scott Scott has had an incredible journey over years commuting on the express bus and even met his wife on the bus! Emma Emma chooses the bus because it is convenient, cheap and simple. Bronagh Bronagh chooses the bus because the bus allows her to sit back and unwind enjoying the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Lewis Lewis chooses the bus because it’s cheaper, less hassle and better for the planet. Carolyn on kindness and team efforts Here Carolyn shares what she loves about her job, warming feedback during the pandemic about and from drivers. Michelle on becoming a Bus driver! In her ﬁrst interview, Michelle shares more of her story, becoming a bus driver and her experience through the pandemic. Andrew shares what he loves about his job. In the second part of this interview, we hear from Andrew about being a positive role model, the responsibility of being a bus driver and his love for the job and people he meets in his work. Michelle on the importance of bus in the community Here, Michelle tells us more about her passengers, her routes and the important social connections of bus, especially for older people. Robert on passion for bus, weather and being a mobile DJ! In the second part of this interview, Robert shares more about his passion for bus and we ask him, if he was to do another job - what would it be?! Ewan shares his story and insights into the pandemic response I am the Operations Supervisor in charge of a fleet of buses in the Caledonia Depot, so around 300 buses and I’m in charge of the daily run out. Carolyn on her role, the pandemic and supporting key workers Carolyn shares an insight into her role, the efforts to keep customers informed on the services running and help ensure workers could make essential journeys easily during lockdown. Happy, stress-free... and curry sauce The ‘relax’ theme is really why I like using the bus, it’s stress free and you can actually have a wee snooze on the way to work. Jason on his work, the pandemic and young people. I’m the operations manager for Larbert depot and also the transport manager for PM3 which covers Larbert, Bannockburn and Balfron. Robert on his role and making a difference In his first #lovemybus interview, we get an insight into Robert’s role, how it has changed over the pandemic and what he loves about his job. Andrew shares an insight into the pandemic and pride in his work Andrew shares more about his story, what he loves about his job and his pride in keeping people connected through the pandemic. Choosing Bus over Car As I have got older I have lost time to just relax but the bus gives me that hour and a half everyday to myself. Meditation, the parliament, and hassle-free It is just time in the day that nothing else needs done and so I can catch up on things. Switching off and zoning out I don’t think there is any part of me that wishes I was driving to work each day instead of taking the bus. An easy way to do my bit for the environment Originally, I took the train, but it was three times more expensive than the bus and the car was more expensive as well. Saving money and reducing my carbon footprint I miss one, there is one not long after, you get to know the driver, and so much more. Making friends on the bus I absolutely hate the traffic, so it is good to know that choosing the bus is reducing congestion. #lovemybus at the Cycling, Walking, and Bus Cross-Party Group #lovemybus was a topic of a Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Cycling, Walking and Buses meeting on Buses on Wednesday 27 November. Music, movies and 10,000 steps I find it very chilled out, I take the time to listen to my music, or watch a movie, I can have a wee sleep if it’s really early. Saving time, money and the planet I have been strongly in favour of public transport for a long time now, especially for environmental reasons. Stress free and family updates I have a total reduction of stress, even compared to the train, you have so much more space and it is so much more relaxing. Community, ease and taking cars off the road I like the community feeling, and that I see the same group of people every day. It’s always nice to see some friendly faces. Short walks and catching up on TV The health aspect has been interesting, but it is just the whole thing really. #lovemybus with the Active Travel Hubs The #lovemybus team has been along to country walks and cycles with the Ayr and Kilmarnock Active Travel Hubs to support the connections between active travel and bus use. #lovemybus Ayr reception In October, the #lovemybus team met up at the Treehouse in Ayr for an update on the campaign and to meet with local MP Bill Grant. #lovemybus bus station pop-ups We have been at the bus stations in Ayr and Kilmarnock, giving out free fruit, #lovemybus goodies and getting passengers to complete surveys to help us understand why people choose the bus. #lovemybus at the races We have been along to Ayr Racecourse three times this year with Stagecoach’s open-top bus to encourage racegoers to use the bus to and from the races, as well as in their daily travels. #lovemybus at clean air day On June 20, we went to Clean Air Day in George Square in Glasgow to help spread the message that using the bus instead of the car reduces local air pollution.