- Young people get a better deal -
- 28% of all fares reduced & many others held -
- Swansea City Day ticket reduced -
The cost of bus travel in South and West Wales is set to change from 5th January following a review by operators First Cymru, with many fares set to be reduced in price or held, and young people (those aged between 16 and 18) set to get a better deal on daily and weekly travel.
In total 28% of fares will be reduced slightly with a further 21% of fares held at current prices.
Some single and return fares, and the cost of some season tickets will increase slightly but overall many customers are set to benefit.
The headline changes can be summarised as follows:
The Swansea City FirstDay child ticket is to be reduced from £3.10 to £3.
Discounts for children on FirstDay Swansea City tickets and First Week tickets across South and West
Wales will be extended to include 16 -18 year olds. This means that a 16, 17 or 18 year old wishing to travel within Swansea City* for the day will see the cost of their bus travel reduced from £4.20 (the current adult fare) to £3 (saving £1.20). Furthermore, a young person wishing to travel around the area by bus for a week (seven days unlimited travel) will see the cost of doing so reduce from £17 at present to £14 from 5 January (saving £3).
The Swansea City Adult ticket will be reduced from £4.20 to £4.
FirstDay adult tickets in Bridgend, Llanelli Neath & Port Talbot and Pembroke held at current levels.
Talking about the changes, Justin Davies, Managing Director First Cymru, says: “Operating buses in the current climate remains a real challenge. Our costs, like many other businesses, continue to increase and that comes on top of significant cuts and changes to the way the bus industry is funded.
“We expect the next 12 months to be challenging as cuts to the concessionary fare reimbursement rate are made compounding recent changes to things like the Bus Service Operators Grant. That said we recognise that we must do what we can to encourage people to use public transport. So while with regret we have to increase some fares – to reflect the increasing cost of our operation – we’re cutting or holding as many of them as we can, and we’re taking real steps to help young people with the cost of travel.
“The positive changes and the reductions here should not be underestimated. They are significant and underline our efforts to get people back on the buses, back into the city centres, to jobs, education and leisure facilities. Moreover they come on top of the investment we have made, and continue to make, in the area. In the past year we have brought in 41 brand new buses at a cost of around £6million and next year we will invest a further £9million bringing in another 67 vehicles. These are the things we are doing to drive up the quality of local bus services for those people who use them.”
Details of all the fare changes being made in South and West Wales were posted on the First Cymru website in December, with information going on the buses at the same time to ensure customers were aware of what was happening.
The changes to fares take effect from 5 January 2014.
For more information about First, or to view information or download timetable information, log onto www.firstgroup.com/cymru.