Cost hit drivers - bus survey

Motorists are being forced off the road by rising costs according to new research by a Langley Mill bus firm.

trentbarton questioned 250 drivers from around the region and found a third of them have cut back on using their car, and one in six said they will do if costs continue to increase.

Most overestimated the cost of taking the bus: 91 per cent believed the cost of their journey by bus would be more expensive than the actual fare, while 100 per cent thought the cost of using the firm’s smart card would be higher than the correct price.

Alex Hornby, the firm’s commercial director, said: “The actual fares came as a big surprise to many people and there is potential for a lot of motorists to be tempted out of their cars and onto a bus.”

A total of 250 people who drove to work and paid for parking at least once a week, were questioned, with 50 motorists questioned from Ilkeston, Ripley, Long Eaton, Belper and Sutton in Ashfield each.