Thursday 20 July 2023
Islanders and visitors made more than 60,000 bus journeys during the Island Games following the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure's offer of free bus travel.
From 7th - 14th July, there were 59,286 free bus journeys. This is an increase of 22% compared with the number of bus passengers in the same period in July 2022. There was also an increase in night bus usage, bringing the total number of bus journeys over the week of the Island Games to 60,553.
Deputy Andy Cameron, Member of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and Political Lead on Sport for the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:
"Right from day one when competitors and visitors arrived into the island, we wanted to make it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get around during the games, and help the logistics run as smoothly as possible. We're absolutely delighted with the take up of the free buses and hope that more people will see bus travel as very much a viable option in Guernsey for getting from A to B.
"It was also brilliant to be able to launch the new Guernsey Taxi App ahead of the games. We've had such a positive reaction to the app and I'd continue to encourage people to download it, as it makes it much more convenient to hail a taxi.
"Buses and taxis weren't the only travel success story of the games. Those who saw any of the additional cycle racks in place would've seen just how popular and well used these were across the island. So many people used active travel during the week showing just how easy and enjoyable it can be to walk or cycle."