Gordon is encouraging people in Blackpool to get on board the bus this weekend as part of the national Catch the Bus week.
The Blackpool South MP campaigns strongly on behalf of bus users in Blackpool South and across the UK as Shadow Buses Minister.
He is therefore delighted to see the bus sector coming together for Catch the Bus Week - the national celebration of the benefits of the bus.
During Catch the Bus Week, running from 29 June – 5 July, over 160 bus companies, passenger groups and local authorities are running events, ticket giveaways and community engagement campaigns across the UK.
Shadow Buses Minister Gordon Marsden MP said: “I’m excited to be celebrating Catch the Bus Week in Blackpool South again. As we seen in Blackpool and elsewhere it can be a really useful and empowering opportunity for people to use an alternative way to travel.
“The bus does its bit for the UK economy, the environment and our quality of life. On our roads the bus accounts for only 5% of CO2 emissions compared to 60% from passenger cars, and they’re a great response to congestion with the average coach carrying fifteen times as many passengers as the typical car.
“I’m very pleased Blackpool Transport has offered discounted tickets his week, and I hope that around the country the hundreds of activities will prompt car drivers and infrequent bus users to give the bus a go this weekend.”
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys (which runs Catch the Bus Week) explains:
“Buses are a vital lifeline for millions across the UK, from getting children to school and people to work, bringing people to the shops or to their local park, to ensuring people can meet friends and visit relatives. They do more than just bring us from A to B; they connect us with the people and things we love most, helping to fulfil our lives.