Bristol ‘day rider’ bus fares rise to £6 – but singles and returns reduced
All-day tickets on Bristol buses will rise to £6 from next weekend – a 70p increase – but passengers will benefit from new, cheaper single and return fares, Metro Dan Mayor has confirmed Norris.
All single adult tickets to Bristol will be reduced to £2 for adults while returns will cost £3.50. Children will pay a flat rate of £1 throughout the West of England.
The 70p increase on popular Bristol Day tickets is sure to spark controversy with passengers, many of whom have noticed a significant drop in local bus performance due to the continued shortage of drivers.
According to a spokesperson for the West of England Combined Authority: “Data shows that more than 55% of people using day tickets make one or two journeys, so they could save by switching to the 2 journey ticket, of which the price decreases.
Bristol’s one-way fare will drop from £2.20 to £2 and return from £4.30 to £3.50. The child fare for 5-15 year olds will be £1 one way or £2 return, instead of the current 50% of an adult fare.
Other changes include a 50p increase to £2 for a ‘3-stop hop’ and tickets for Bristol Week are reduced from £21.50 to £23.50.
The new fares will start from Sunday 25 September on the vast majority of West of England buses before being introduced on all routes, regardless of operator, by the end of next month.
Metro mayor says new fare package delivers on promise of simpler and cheaper bus fares, will do a bit to ease the cost of living crisis for locals, and will go a long way in tackling big bus challenges now , with passenger numbers down 25% from pre-pandemic levels.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said, “It’s time to get on board for new fares. I am thrilled to be able to introduce this package immediately to offer a little helping hand for those facing a crippling cost of living crisis.
“At a time when the challenges in buses are so huge, this is a real opportunity to create this virtuous cycle of more fare revenue to be reinvested in our bus network, which will mean better buses for everyone.
“So my big message to locals is: please take advantage and take your kids for just £1. The more trips you make, the more you will help us together build the local bus system we need and deserve.
“It is also very vital if we are to achieve our super ambitious local net zero targets for 2030.”
The scheme is a joint initiative of the West of England Combined Authority, North Somerset Council and bus operators including Firstbus, Stagecoach West and others.
Doug Clarinbold, Chief Executive of First West of England, said: “With the rising cost of living, we are delighted that the West of England Authority and North Somerset Council have been able to provide operators in the region with financial support. which enables significant reductions in these key costs. West of England rates.
“Passenger numbers on our services are still significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels and we are seeing some of our longer distance services linking our towns and cities or serving more rural areas facing a particularly difficult time.
“Lower one-way, round-trip and day fares will help these services at a time when most prices are rising.
“We hope this will encourage more people to use our services so that, as we take steps to increase the number of drivers and improve the reliability of our services, we can accelerate the recovery of bus use in the region.”