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Some Bus Fares To Be Reduced In York


6:01am 29th September 2013

First bus fares are set to be reduced as the York bus operator looks to encourage more people to use the bus.

From today (29 September 2013), the price of week, month and annual tickets are set to be cut by up to 25%.

Some single tickets will also be restructured and a new minimum £1 short hop fare will be introduced, say First Bus.

Following a public consultation exercise in York this summer, First said they'd listen to customer views on how it runs its business.

First has already carried out a large network review which will come into effect on the same day as the fare changes (29 September). It has also worked with City of York Council to lower child, young people (16-18 year olds) and student tickets from earlier this month.

City of York Council says First’s decision is ‘excellent news’ for bus passengers and fits in with their plans to encourage more people to use buses in York to help tackle road congestion and air pollution.

From today (Sunday 29 September) the following fares will apply on First buses in York:
·        York FirstWeek reduced to £12.00 (from £16) - a 25% cut and a saving of £4
·        York FirstMonth reduced to £44 (from £53) – a saving of £9 and now monthly (rather than for four weeks)
·        York FirstAnnual reduced to £440 (from £583) – a saving of £143
·        A new minimum single fare of £1 – meaning all York customers have access to a £1 single fare to somewhere in York
·        York FirstDay prices frozen (£3.70)

The single, day and week tickets can be bought from the driver on board each bus – therefore making it simple for the customer when considering their travel options, say First.

Ben Gilligan, Managing Director for First in York, said: “These significant fare cuts are great news for York. In the summer we talked extensively to our customers and partners in York and have listened to what they have said to us. Value for money was one of the major points raised and with this range of lower and more attractive fares we are giving both new and existing customers the chance to save money when they use First buses on a regular basis.

“For those customers who plan ahead there are a range of savings to be made on our week, month and annual tickets. We have also looked at our single ticket structure and have offered some new cheaper fares from just £1 and will publish widely for the first time our simplified single fares structure to encourage new bus users to try the bus.

“Along with the planned network changes and the lower fares we recently introduced for children, young people and students, we are aiming to encourage more people to use the bus. We are working closely with the Council on the introduction of new bus priority schemes and the recent closure of Lendal Bridge and now is the ideal time for people in York to give the bus a go.”

Councillor Dave Merrett of City of York Council, said:  “This is excellent news for all existing and potential new bus customers in York. It demonstrates the benefits of a bus company working in partnership with the Council and the communities that they serve. I applaud this move by First to attempt to stimulate passenger growth on buses in the city.”

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