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Fares Review Brings Cheaper And Simpler Bus Fares To Greater Bristol

South Gloucestershire Council - 3rd October 2013

From Sunday, 3rd November, passengers in and around Bristol will benefit from radical changes to local bus fares on services passing through and terminating in Bristol.

During three months of consultation as part of the Fare Hearing for Bristol, the feedback from the public and local politicians was that fares should be cheaper, especially for children and young people; simpler; more transparent; and that existing anomalies in ticketing should be resolved. There was also considerable support for smartcard technology.

Simpler and Fairer Travel Zones

Under the new arrangements, the current three zones will be replaced with two bigger and simpler Inner and Outer Zones. The Inner Zone will extend 6 miles from Bristol city centre in all directions (reaching out to, for instance: Avonmouth, Whitchurch and Keynsham, and including areas to the west of the city such as Pill), helping to address the anomalies where passengers travelling to or from places which are geographically close to the city centre paid more for some bus tickets than those living further away. The Outer Zone will apply to areas between 6 and 12 miles from the city centre in all directions. It will now for the first time include parts of Bath.

Supporting Children and Young People

Children aged between 5 and 15 years will benefit from 50% discounts on all single tickets within the Inner Zone and 50% discounts on all day, week, month and annual tickets in both zones. This marks a significant and consistent increase in the current variable range of discounts offered.

Whilst students currently benefit from a small variable discount, from November 3rd, all young people aged 16 to 21 will benefit from special discounted fares for the first time. Those in possession of an ID card will get a 30% discount on all single tickets within the Inner Zone and a 30% discount on all day, week, month and annual tickets in both zones.

Streamlined Single Fares

There will be four different single fares within the Inner Zone based solely on route distance. Return fares and on-peak and off-peak variations will be abolished in favour of cheaper single and day tickets:

  • The Three Stop Hop - allowing people to travel up to three stops for just 1 (50p for children and 70p for young people);
  • A single ticket covering travel up to 3 miles from the boarding point for 1.50 (75p for children and 1.05 for young people);
  • A single ticket covering travel up to 6 miles from the boarding point for 2.50 (1.25 for children and 1.75 for young people);
  • A single ticket covering travel beyond 6 miles from the boarding point where the route remains within the Inner Zone at 3.50 (1.75 for children and 2.45 for young people)

Smartcards

In July, we launched the trial of multi-journey smartcards on the Park and Ride in Bath as the first stage in a planned roll-out of smartcard technology in the wider West of England region. We are pleased to announce that as part of this roll-out from spring 2014, period tickets (i.e. week, month and annual tickets) will be made available on smartcards.

Ahead of the new fares structure going live in November, First will be holding a series of events and activities with passengers and prospective passengers to share the details of the changes and answer any questions. Details of these will be placed on the First Bristol website (www.firstgroup.com/bristol).

For more information concerning the impact of the Review on your ward or constituency, please contact Karen Baxter by ringing 0117 373 6470 or emailing Karen.Baxter@firstgroup.com.

NOTES

Please note that some people using single tickets for long journeys (over 6 miles) will see a slight increase in the cost of single journeys (from 3.30 single to 3.50). This change is expected to affect a very small percentage of people though, and most travelling a longer distance would be coming back, so the day ticket, priced at 4 adults, 2 children, 2.80 young people) would still be valid (and equates to what a return fare or day ticket for adults is now). Below is a summary of the different period tickets which will be available:

  • Day tickets (valid all day, available from 4:30am to 7pm Monday - Sunday)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner Zone only: 4 adults (2 children, 2.80 young people, 8 family of up to five people)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner and Outer Zone: 6 (3 children, 4.20 young people)
    • First Day South West (offering unlimited travel on most First buses in the South West) remains fixed at 7 adults, 6 children, 17.30 Family (the Bristol specific child / young people discounts will not apply as this ticket is available across the whole of the South West)
  • Night tickets (valid from 7pm to 4:29am - available to buy from 7pm Monday - Sunday)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner Zone only: 3 adults (1.50 children, 2.45 young people)
  • Weekly tickets - Unlimited travel for 7 days
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner Zone only: 17 -equivalent to 2.43 a day (8.50 children, 11.90 young people)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner and Outer Zone: 22 - equivalent to 3.14 a day (11 children, 15.40 young people)
  • Monthly tickets - Unlimited travel for 31 days
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner Zone only: 68 - equivalent to 2.19 a day (34 children, 47.60 young people)
    • Unlimited travel in the inner and Outer Zone: 80 - equivalent to 2.58 a day (40 children, 56 young people)
  • Annual tickets - Unlimited travel for every day of the year on which buses operate (363 days a year)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner Zone only: 650 - equivalent to 1.79 a day (325 children, 455 young people)
    • Unlimited travel in the Inner and Outer Zone: 840 - equivalent to 2.31 a day (420 children, 588 young people)