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Single bus fares to stay at £2 for another three months

Bus passengers across Driffield and the Wolds may be able to take advantage of cheap travel for a little bit longer after the government extended its £2 bus fare cap until June.

East Yorkshire, the company that operates the majority of services in the area, has been part of the scheme which was due to run until the end of March.

Last week the government said it would invest a further £80 million from Saturday 1st April to Friday 30th June as it looks to protect services for those who rely on them for work, education, medical appointments and shopping. At the same time, the government said it would also provide up to £75 million to allow the bus operators to continue capping single bus fares at £2 until the end of June.

With the average single local bus fare costing £2.80, passengers can save almost a third of the ticket price.
The bus operators who are continuing the scheme will be confirmed in due course.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, bus usage dropped to 10 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, and the government has provided financial support totalling more than £2 billion since March 2020.

With bus patronage still at around 85-90 per cent of pre-COVID levels, there are a number of ongoing challenges for bus operators.

The government’s existing £60 million investment to cap single bus fares has already shown early signs of increased bus use, with an independent survey of 1,000 people from passenger watchdog Transport Focus showing seven per cent of people saying they are using the bus more.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “I want to make bus travel affordable for all, that’s why we’re continuing to cap fares at £2 and protecting local routes, ensuring we have a modern and efficient network that’s accessible for everyone.

“Getting more people onto reliable and affordable buses will strengthen communities and help grow the economy, connecting people to jobs, driving pensioners to see friends and family, and helping people attend medical appointments or access education.

“I’m determined to ensure that no matter where you live, you have the same opportunities to get around easily and can feel pride in your local area – which is why protecting our local bus services is so important.”

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