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We use public transport every day to travel to work and school, and when we’re on holiday. Buses and trains get us British people to destinations faster than a car in rush hour, they run away from the roads so there is no hold up when an accident happens or a pipe bursts. Buses allow us to travel on the road quicker thanks to dedicated bus lanes. If you’re travelling in Europe you can take trains from international train stations like London’s Kings Cross or Paris’s Gare du Nord, trains are often much cheaper and faster, not to mention more eco-friendly than travelling in an aircraft; trains use a third (33%) of CO2 emissions of an aircraft on average.
But there are some limitations to public transport; there is usually a reduced service in the evenings and at the weekend, especially on Sundays, when there can be delays due to maintenance or breakdowns causing many people to be late for work or school, which can cause prices to rise and people to become frustrated. Imagine this: you are late to work thanks to a blocked train line and your boss docks your pay for the day. This unfortunately is common, but is all a part of living in our modern world and using public transport.
Why is catching the bus or train more energy efficient than driving?
An overwhelming number of people use their car every day to travel to and from work or school, and generally these short journeys have rather high CO2 emissions, but by travelling on the bus or train with 30 other people, you are minimising the impact your journey will have by only using one engine. Public transport services are regularly checked for their CO2 emissions. Today in Plymouth, there are buses that are optimised to use much less CO2. Plymouth CityBus now have a small fleet of LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) buses which pollute much less than standard diesel vehicles.