The more people that use the bus, the less greenhouse gas is produced by each journey.

The more people that use the bus, the more we show the Council and Government that people need buses.

The more people that use the bus, the more routes the bus companies can provide and the more buses on each route.

The more people that use the bus, the more sociable and safe the journey feels.

It’s free if you are older or disabled.

In October 2012 bus cuts got a lot of publicity, but only 6% of services were cut, and some routes now have a more frequent service.

 Look at the figures below for your car and work out the grams per passenger kilometre by dividing this by the number of passengers in the car. Compare this with the figures for an average bus and work out the potential credit.

Cars and motor-bikes                             Total greenhouse gas emissions 2 (Grams per vehicle kilometre)

Average petrol motorbike                   142

Average petrol hybrid car                     173

Small diesel car 1.7l or under              170

Small petrol car up to 1.4l                     194

Medium diesel car 1.7 – 2.0l                 212

Medium petrol car 1.4 – 2.0l                 246

Large diesel car above 2.0l                    278

Large petrol car above 2.0l                    356


Public Transport -                                    Total greenhouse gas emissions (Grams per passenger kilometre)

Local bus                                                        115

The above bus figure is based on the average load in Romsey Road of 12.31 passengers. The average bus has total emissions of 1419g of carbon. Divide this by the number of passengers to obtain actual emissions. A bus with 20 passengers emits 61g per passenger kilometre. Busy buses carrying 40 passengers emit 30g per passenger kilometre. Full buses carry 80 passengers, reducing the emission to 15g per passenger km.

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