Stagecoach is teaming up with NHS in Scotland to offer discounted bus travel to all 140,000 of the service’s employees across the nation. The 10% discount is made available through a special NHS Staff Benefits portal which is directly linked with the Stagecoach app.
“This discount will be appreciated by the many NHS staff who commute to healthcare facilities as part of their essential work providing healthcare for local communities,” says Health Secretary Humza Yousaf. “I welcome this collaboration between Stagecoach and the NHS to improve sustainable travel choices for NHS staff.
It is hoped it will also assist the Scottish Government’s climate change targets by reducing car travel.
“Buses have a valuable role to play in our public transport network as we seek to reduce the use of cars by 20% by 2030, towards our goal of becoming a net zero nation by 2045,” adds Humza.
Sam Greer, Regional Director for Stagecoach Scotland says: “Buses continue to play a vital role in the economy and supporting our local communities and are vital to help deliver the Scottish Government’s environment targets and ambitions.
“As Scotland gets ready to host the COP26 climate change summit in November, there’s never been a more important time to help people switch from the car to more sustainable public transport and make real progress on climate change.
“Over recent years there have been a number of societal changes in how people work and want to spend their time, and this has been magnified in the past 12 months during the pandemic. We’ve been encouraged by the number of employees already using the 10% discounted tickets since the launch of the new scheme. By providing more flexible tickets and working to offer incentives to large employers through our Stagecoach Solutions initiative, we’re hoping this will encourage even more people to give the bus a try.”