New bus fares should be sim­pler for pas­sen­gers

Changes from Sun­day

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Olivia Scull Print writer 01225 322273 olivi­aalexan­dra.scull@reach­plc.com

Pas­sen­gers will see ‘sim­pli­fied fare zones’ from Sun­day with the in­tro­duc­tion of changes to bus ticket prices. Op­er­a­tor First West of Eng­land says the changes will of­fer “more in­cen­tives for cus­tomers” to save by buy­ing tick­ets be­fore they board the bus. Smart­card fares and mtick­ets are largely un­changed but there are in­creases for on-the-bus pay­ments. For the first time, cus­tomers who travel in­fre­quently can buy one sin­gle ticket on the mticket app, with a sav­ing against the on­bus price, al­low­ing more cus­tomers to switch to mo­bile tick­et­ing with­out hav­ing to pay for mul­ti­ple jour­neys up­front. The op­er­a­tor is also chang­ing the way in which Smart­cards can be topped up to speed up board­ing and over­all travel times. The Smart­card can be topped up at Pay­zone stores across the city but will no longer be able to top them up on the bus. First West of Eng­land man­ag­ing direc­tor James Free­man said: “We con­tinue to see sig­nif­i­cant growth in the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing our buses in Bath and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, and these new fares will en­sure we can con­tinue to make the in­vest­ment in our peo­ple and fleet that is nec­es­sary to meet this ris­ing de­mand. “Speed­ing up jour­neys is more crit­i­cal now than ever, so our new fares pro­vide a fur­ther in­cen­tive for even more cus­tomers to buy be­fore they board, which will help fur­ther speed up the board­ing process and keep our buses mov­ing. “We are also de­lighted that cus­tomers cur­rently trav­el­ling in our West of Eng­land Zone will see sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions when buy­ing day and longer du­ra­tion tick­ets.” The key changes are: Adult day tick­ets cut by £1 bought be­fore board­ing the bus Adult weekly tick­ets will re­duce by £3; monthly tick­ets by £16 and an­nual tick­ets by £210 if bought be­fore board­ing The 3-stop hop ticket will in­crease to £1.20, the first change since 2013 The Bath In­ner Zone will be re­named the Bath Zone with no changes to sin­gle, month or year ticket prices The Bath & Bris­tol Outer Zone is ceas­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Bath Zone, a Bris­tol Zone and a We­ston-su­per-mare Zone. For any­thing else pas­sen­gers will need a West of Eng­land Zone ticket Cus­tomers buy­ing Bath & Bris­tol Outer Zone tick­ets be­fore Novem­ber 11, valid for travel af­ter that date will be able to use them for the whole West of Eng­land Zone. Prices for the univer­sity bus ser­vices are un­changed as they were set at the start of the aca­demic year. For full de­tails of all changes go to www.mynewticket.co.uk

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