Bus fares in England will be capped at £2 for three months, says DfT | Transportation
Bus journeys in England will be capped at £2 for three months due to concerns over the cost of living crisis.
The Department for Transport said the £60m scheme could save passengers more than £3 on a single ticket.
The department said the average fare for a three-mile journey was around £2.80, meaning passengers would save 30% of the fare each time they travelled.
The change will come into effect from January 2023.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘Buses are by far the most widely used form of public transport, so ensuring almost all bus journeys are no more than £2 will help passengers during the winter months. winter and will provide direct assistance to thousands of households across the country.
“This £60million increase will mean everyone can get to work, education, shopping and doctor’s appointments affordably.
“We know people will feel the pressure of rising costs this winter, so we’ve been working hard this summer to provide concrete, practical help that will reduce day-to-day expenses.”
The government will work with operators and local authorities to set up the program. The Department of Transport said bus operators representing 90% of the market had expressed support for the scheme.
Paul Tuohy, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This will be great news for the millions of people who rely on the bus to get to work, to shops, to medical appointments and to get connected. with friends and family.
“Buses have great potential to reduce traffic and carbon emissions, to connect communities and alleviate loneliness. This £2 fare cap – which we have called for – will help put buses on the path to a future radiant.
Severe cuts to bus services in England were averted last month thanks to new government funding, after it was announced £130million would be made available to keep services running.
Alison Edwards, director of policy at the Passenger Transport Confederation, called it an “eye-catching initiative” and said she looked forward to “understanding in detail how the proposed fare cap will work in practice to ensure that it supports the long-term sustainability of bus networks”.
Labour’s shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said the scheme was not enough.
“The 90-day temporary reprieve granted by the government after years of soaring tariffs does not correspond to the scale of the crisis. Passengers facing a cost of living crisis need more than short-term half measures,” she said.