Liberty - literally

In its first study on the social impact of bus services, LibertyBus in Jersey has found that buses save people money and improve social interaction, independence and inclusion.

The survey of over 1,500 passengers found that:

Among older people, 39% had improved social interaction, 32% felt healthier by getting out and about and 19% had improved mobility

30% of people with disabilities felt their confidence had improved, 29% had greater access and 29% felt more independent

For young people, 33% had been able to access employment, 40% had greater independence and 28% had increased confidence.

And among new bus users, 32% had more independence, 26% felt healthier and 82% had saved money.

Commenting on the survey, Kevin Hart, Director of Channel Islands said: “LibertyBus is a social enterprise - an organisation whose defining mission is to make a positive difference to the community. It’s not good enough to just say we do this, we have to measure our social impact.

“The findings confirm things we have long suspected. A high quality mainstream bus service brings people together, helps people to access opportunities and brings down barriers for older and disabled people – a genuine social impact.” 

Click here to read the findings in full

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