Millions encouraged to Get Around For £2 by bus
- Millions of people across England will be able to travel by bus for £2 from 1 January to 31 March, thanks to £60 million in Government funding to cap single tickets
- People can save almost a third of the average £2.80 bus fare, while in some rural areas tickets can reach over £10 for a single journey
- Over 130 operators who run routes outside London will be part of the scheme, taking an estimated two million cars off the road and reducing emissions
Passengers are being encouraged to Get Around for £2 by bus from January to March next year, with bus operators launching a campaign to promote the Government fare cap scheme.
The scheme will help families, commuters and other passengers save money this winter, backed by £60 million Government investment to cap single tickets at £2 from 1 January to 31 March 2023 across England, outside of London.
With the average single local bus ticket costing £2.80, passengers will save almost a third of the ticket price per journey. In some rural areas a single ticket can reach as much as £10.
The scheme seeks to get more commuters on buses and helps to reduce emissions and congestion by taking an estimated two million cars off the roads.
Today, the Government has confirmed over 130 operators such as National Express and Stagecoach managing routes from the north to the south of England will charge no more than £2 for their single tickets, helping passengers with travel costs for education, work and medical appointments as they face pressures from the rising cost of living.
Buses Minister Richard Holden said:
“Brits love buses. They’re the most popular form of public transport in England, making up half of all journeys. So we’re investing £60 million to cap single bus fares at £2 to help families, students and commuters and help get people back on the bus.
“The scheme will also take two million car journeys off the road and it’s fantastic to see so many bus operators signing up. So, if you’re in Carlisle or Weston-Super-Mare, Birmingham or Doncaster, make sure you hop on the bus and ‘Get Around for £2’ between the 1st January and 31st March.”
Bus fares vary across different parts of the country and between bus operators, and the cap is an important step in ensuring passengers across the country are getting a fair deal.
The scheme forms part of the Government’s Help for Households campaign, as the new cap can deliver real savings for those most affected by the rising cost of living.
The bus fare cap will also help the bus industry continue its recovery from the pandemic by encouraging greater bus use.
This initiative builds on the allocation of more than £2 billion to support bus services in England through the pandemic and a commitment to fund improved services, new bus priority measures and new electric or hydrogen buses as part of Bus Back Better, the ambitious national bus strategy, published last year.
Andrew Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer at First Bus UK said:
“First Bus welcomes the announcement of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) £2 flat fare initiative across our operating regions in England.
“We are keen to work with the UK Government and our local authority partners on any initiatives that aim to make bus travel in the UK more attractive to more people. During this cost-of-living crisis, the bus offers everyone a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative mode of transport.
“We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers alike on board our services and hope that this scheme can be a success in encouraging more people to consider using the bus as part of their everyday travel habits.”
Graham Vidler, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport said:
“We look forward to welcoming more customers on board when the £2 fare cap in England starts in January, as it complements great value fares already in place that make taking the bus more attractive and environmentally friendly this winter.
“Travelling for £2 on the bus both helps customers facing rising cost challenges and try a new travel option to get to work, education, public services, leisure or see loved ones.”
The Government will continue to work closely with bus operators and local authorities and consider future support to help passengers continue accessing reliable and affordable bus services after March.
Notes to editors
- Operators across all regions in England (outside of London) have been given the opportunity to apply to take part on the Bus Fare Cap Grant (BFCG).
- We have also made provisions so that operators providing services under the DfT’s Rural Mobility Fund (RMF) and local tender service operations are able to take advantage of this cost of living support.
- Operators in the Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Liverpool Combined Authorities where an existing Government-funded £2 fare cap scheme exists are not participating in the BFCG scheme. These are being funded by Government through our Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs).
- Traveline.com can be used to plan journeys and find information on £2 routes.