Arriva Trains Wales launches self-service sales of PLUSBUS day tickets

The main Train Operating Company across Wales has just completed programming self-service ticket machines at over 60 of its stations so that they now sell PLUSBUS day tickets. This means for the first time, that train travellers across the principality, who buy their train ticket on the day of travel, can now buy and use a PLUSBUS day ticket for the destination town of their journey too. 

For a map of the Arriva Trains Wales network, showing the stations at which PLUSBUS day tickets can now be bought from the self-service ticket machines, click here.

(issued 19/07/2016)


SWT website no longer sells PLUSBUS

It is with great regret that we have to announce that the new South West Trains website does not currently offer their customers the opportunity to buy PLUSBUS day tickets with their train tickets. This makes SWT the only Train Operating Company in Britain that does not retail PLUSBUS day tickets online. With 50% of our customers buying their PLUSBUS day tickets from a website, this is of course very upsetting news.

We have been in contact with senior management at both South West Trains and Stagecoach Group in an attempt to get PLUSBUS day tickets retailed on the SWT website again as soon as possible. Once we have an update we will post it here.

In the mean time, we would advise all rail travellers in the South West Trains area to buy their train and PLUSBUS day tickets from other Train Company websites, such as

(issued 12 June 2016)

Stunning lakes journey

Discover stunning views along the shores of lake Windermere from the elevated seating of an open-top double deck bus. Stagecoach route 599 travels from Bowness-on-Windermere, through Windermere town and onto Ambleside and Grasmere. The bus passes various attractions along the way such as: Brockhole, The Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage, plus both homes of the poet William Wordsworth. Buses run EVERY 20 MINUTES (from 09.20am to 5.30pm approx.)

You can enjoy unlimited travel on this spectacular open-top bus for a day for just £7 a day (adult); £3.50 (child) and £4.70 Railcard holder, with a Windermere Plusbus ticket. Click here for details.

GWR ticket machines now offer PLUSBUS

Selected self-service ticket machines at the Great Western Railway stations listed below, are now offering PLUSBUS day tickets.

Paddington (in the booking office); Bath; Bristol Temple Meads, Chippenham; Didcot Parkway, Reading and Swindon. 

(Issued: 4 July 2016).


Great day-out offers.

PLUSBUS ticketing has joined forces with National Rail 2FOR1 offers, so that you can now take advange of both money-saving ideas when you have a day-out by train and bus. For information click here.

Bus travel 'a third less stressful than driving the car'

New research shows that taking the bus (instead of the car) can reduce mental stress by a third.

The study by Dr David Lewis from The University of Sussex, who coined the term “road rage”, found that motorists face a hidden mental health impact from the stresses of driving, while bus travel can produce long-term health benefits.

For the experiment, the heart rate and EDR (Electro-Dermal Response) of 30 commuters was measured when taking similar journeys by car and bus. The findings reveal a vast difference in EDR, a form of biophysical measurement that Dr Lewis describes as an excellent indicator of mental stress.

When examining the EDR results, the experiment found that taking the car produced significantly greater amounts of stress than taking the bus, which was 33% less stressful.

“EDR can be a hidden stress – it’s not as visible as ‘white knuckle driving’ or audible as road rage. This type of stress can have long-term physiological and emotional implications. Boarding a bus can produce significant long-term health benefits,” said Dr Lewis.

Dr David Lewis says there are three key factors that reduce the attraction and increase the stresses of driving a car.

1.  Driving in heavy traffic – especially against a deadline – requires a high level of vigilance, even for experienced motorists. This requires the brain to work especially hard processing a myriad of incoming information and making, often split-second, decisions.


2.  Congestion and delays can raise blood pressure and physical tension which may manifest itself as ‘road rage’, a term coined by Dr Lewis in 1985 to describe the explosive outbursts of anger shown by some motorists. Increases in blood pressure can have serious long-term health consequences as well as causing drivers sometimes to take reckless and foolish decisions behind the wheel.


3. A sense of frustration of ‘wasting one’s life’ behind the wheel of the car, unable to do anything more productive than casual conversations or listening to the radio. On a bus it is possible to fill the time more profitably by doing some work or reading.

He also notes that trained, professional bus drivers are skilled in negotiating the challenges of the road, and the relief of trusting someone else to be in charge of the journey, is a key part of what makes taking the bus less stressful.


“This study shows that driving in congested traffic, now outweighs any previous benefits that driving in a private car once gave,” said Dr Lewis.



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