Metro Mayor urges passengers to “Get On Board” as bus fares go down
Passengers will benefit from new cheaper single and return fares starting later this month across West of England buses, Metro Mayor Dan Norris has confirmed.
All single adult tickets in Bristol and Bath will be reduced to £2 for adults while returns will cost £3.50. Outside of the two cities there will also be sizeable cost reductions for adults.
Children will pay a flat £1 rate across the whole of the West of England.
The new fares will start from 25 September on the vast majority of West of England buses before being introduced across all routes, regardless of operator, by the end of next month (school bus services are not included).
The Metro Mayor says the new fare package delivers on his pledge for simpler and cheaper bus fares, will help a little towards easing the cost-of-living crisis for locals, and will go a long way to addressing the big challenges on the buses at present, with passenger numbers 25% down on pre-pandemic levels.
The scheme is a joint initiative from the West of England Combined Authority, North Somerset Council and the bus operators, including Firstbus, Stagecoach West and others.
Over 90% of the network including all Firstbus services will use the new fares from Sunday 25 September. Other operators have pledged to use the fares by the end of October. The fares apply to journeys taking place solely in the West of England Combined Authority area plus North Somerset.