Single fares on buses to be capped at £1 on Sundays

Posted on - 12th May, 2024 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Chorley News, Fylde News, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Transport, Wyre News
Preston Bus Station. Credit: Blog Preston
Preston Bus Station. Credit: Blog Preston

Tickets for adults on buses will be capped at £1 under a new scheme introduced in Lancashire.

They make up a reported £8.5m of bus services improvements that also includes a discounted fare scheme for 16-21-year-olds.

On Thursday 9 May, Lancashire County Council approved the spending plan for £7.025m Bus Service Improvement Plan Phase 3 funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

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It comes after the Enhanced Partnership Executive Board approved the proposals in February.

The £1 Sunday Adult Single fare will be an expansion of the current £1 Evening Fare offer to cover all day Sunday. The new offer will replace the current ‘Buy Saturday, Get Sunday Free’ day ticket deal, also known as Weekender Ticket.

The £1 Sunday offer will launch on 26 May 2024.

It’s proposed to use £5.5m of the Bus Service Improvement Plan Phase 3 funding to fund a Young Person discounted fare scheme, which would see young people aged 16-21 offered a third off adult single, return and day fares purchased from the driver.

Those eligible and wishing to receive the discounted fare would need to apply for an AnyBus Young Person’s pass which will need to be presented when boarding the bus. This scheme is still under discussion with operators, but it is hoped to start the scheme later this year.

Further details about the new schemes and how people can take advantage of the reduced fares will be published soon, according to the council.

In addition to the new schemes, the Funded by UK Government spending plan also outlines a further £1.32m is allocated on various bus service enhancements.

The spending plan also includes £995,000 saved from withdrawing the Weekender Ticket, alongside £500,000 of Bus Service Improvement Plan 2 funding allocated to Fares Initiatives, to supplement the £7.025m Phase 3 funding, bringing the total to £8.520m.

The schemes outlined in the spending plan build on the many improvements that have already been implemented in Lancashire through the Bus Service Improvement Plan. In January 2023, our bus services began offering £1 for single journeys after 7pm, 7 days a week. Since the scheme was launched, 1.8m fares have been sold.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Lancashire residents are already taking advantage of some of the improvements we’ve put in place as part of our Bus Service Improvement Plan, including a reduced fares offer on many evening and weekend services and a flat £1 fare for all journeys after 7pm.

“These latest proposals build on these improvements, with a significant investment proposed to provide cheaper fares for young adults and the introduction of a flat £1 adult single fare for Sundays.

“This is on top of further enhancements to bus services, which ultimately aim to make buses more frequent, more reliable and easier to use.”

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