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Bus or Bust? With rising fuel costs, commuters are switching to Wexford Bus

This week is European Mobility Week (Sept 16th to 22nd) so it’s an appropriate time for each of us to examine how we travel to and from work, college or school every day.  With fuel prices at an all-time high of 162 cent per litre (according to AA Roadwatch) this year is the year that drivers will really have to sit up and take notice.

The cost of fuel is a key factor in commuters re-examining how they travel to work and then subsequently opting to take the Bus. Lorene Crowley, Commercial Director, Wexford Bus explained “We have a growing number of regular commuters from the surrounding areas of Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey and Arklow that have switched to Wexford Bus because of the huge savings they can make.  For example, if a driver commutes by car between Gorey and Dublin City 5 days per week they would typically spend €133 on fuel alone.  That is €133 before they pay any insurance, maintenance or parking (fuel cost is based on an average fuel price of 162 cent per litre and 29.99mpg as used by AA Roadwatch).  In comparison a Wexford Bus Annual Tax Saver Ticket costs only €24 net per week for the same number of journeys (this is the net cost for an earner on the higher tax rate).”

Commuters are not only seeking the most cost effective way to travel but also the most time efficient way.  Wexford Bus comes out on top here too offering: the shortest journey time between Wexford, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Arklow and Dublin; free wi-fi on board so passengers can work away while travelling and a choice of up 12 daily services each way.

“On paper there is no argument that taking Wexford Bus is the best way to travel on this route, the only challenge is getting commuters to try it.” Explained Crowley “As it is European Mobility Week we are encouraging all drivers to leave their cars at home and to try our service.  Passengers will be very pleased with their experience and will make big savings.”

Figure 1:  Weekly Cost of Car Fuel for Commuting to Dublin City 5 days per week*

*Car Fuel based on a conservative price of €1.62 per litre and 29.99 MPG as used by AA Roadwatch.  No fixed costs or other running costs of a car have been included here.

Wexford Bus has an express bus service between Wexford and Dublin Airport and City.  This operates up to 12 times daily, offers the shortest journey time by public transport on this route and has free Wi-Fi available for all passengers.  Wexford, Enniscorthy, Ferns, Camolin, Gorey, and Arklow are all served.