Tis’ the season to be merry, and with so much festive fun to be had in the run up to Christmas, Arriva buses is urging people to plan ahead with their travel plans, and be safe, not sorry when they are out and about this season.
Arriva, which runs services across Morley, has joined forces with the Campaign Against Drink Driving, to showcase just how easy it can be to make the most of the Christmas celebrations whilst making sure you get from A to B smoothly and safely.
Nigel Featham, Regional Managing Director from Arriva, said: “In the lead up to Christmas when every penny really does count, travelling by bus can offer the most affordable way of getting around to see friends, family and colleagues. However, perhaps more significantly at this time of year, when excitement is high, and we all start raising a glass to the spirit of the season, it can also be safest and most sensible option for getting where you need to go.
“We appreciate that there will be many people out there who wouldn’t normally consider the bus, but this year, now that we have our travel app, it really could not be simpler to get about and save money in doing so.
“The Arriva Bus app is designed to guide you from door to door, whether you’re used to getting the bus or not. It has a journey planner to help you find your best travel options upfront, easy maps to get you to your nearest bus stop, and on-bus alerts telling you your likely arrival time and when to get off. There is even a real time map, so that you can see exactly where your bus is on route, meaning you’ll know if there are any delays – it might even mean you have time for another tipple!
“We launched this app to really help people make the most of the transport available to them and we hope that by promoting it this festive season, we will help many more people realise that they can have a good time, but still get home, affordably, and more importantly safely, and that we will be able to play some part in bringing down drink related incidents on the roads.”
In 2012 alone there were, 30 fatalities in Yorkshire attributable to drink driving, whilst a further 950 suffered injury.
Carole Whittingham MBE, founder of Support and Care After Road Death and Injury (SCARD) which is a partner of CADD, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome this important initiative from Arriva to promote the use of bus travel as a safer option for the public. Far too often in the past, people have taken the risk of driving a vehicle while intoxicated.
“Using Arriva’s free mobile phone app facility to aid the use of their services will encourage people to get themselves home safe and sound.” For more information about the Arriva Bus app please visit www.arrivabus.co.uk/app. For help or advice surrounding drink driving issues visit http://www.cadd.org.uk/.
Christmas service information can be found by visiting http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/xmas-2014