25 May 2011

First TransPennine Express passengers travelling by train in June and July will be able to travel by bus to and from the station and around town for just £1.50 a day.

Train and bus companies in 280 towns and cities across Britain are offering savings of up to 60 per cent with PLUSBUS tickets booked through online rail ticket websites.

PLUSBUS is a cheap and convenient, combined rail and bus fare, designed to save travellers both time and money. It gives train passengers the freedom to take the bus to or from the train station.

The £1.50 ticket is available for passengers buying train tickets online from 12 participating rail ticket retailing websites, including Tickets can be from now until 31st July and must be used for travel between 1st June and 31st July 2011, inclusive.

More than 200 of Britain's bus companies are teaming up with rail companies to take part in this summer's promotion.

Three-quarters of a million PLUSBUS tickets are sold each year, meaning thousands of people are already using the bus instead of driving their car to get to and from train stations. Over the last year, sales of PLUSBUS tickets increased by 65%.

David Mapp, commercial director at the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), said: "The added convenience of being able to buy your rail and discounted bus ticket in the same transaction, saves time and money. We want to encourage even more train travellers to try it and start saving. So during June and July we're offering great value PLUSBUS tickets for just £1.50 a day to encourage them to start or finish their journey with a combined rail and bus ticket."

PLUSBUS also plays its part in reducing CO2 emissions by helping to cut reliance on the car. Bus and train travel produces less CO2 than any other form of motorised transport whereas cars account for around 58% of the UK's total transport CO2 emissions.



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