Campaigners say bus fare changes are unfair

November 26 2018
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Liberal Democrat campaigners claim that changes to FirstBus fares will leave Thornbury passengers out of pocket compared to passengers in Bristol.

They say that journeys from Thornbury and Yate will cost £2.50 for under three miles, whereas Bristol residents can travel further for £2.07.

Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Thornbury & Yate, Claire Young, said: “This latest fare rise means that someone wanting to pop into Yate from Frampton Cotterell or from Alveston into Thornbury will have to pay £5 to get there and back. Meanwhile Bristol residents will now be able to get an adult single anywhere within Bristol for just £2.07. Once again this seems like an example of Thornbury & Yate residents being taken for a ride by First Bus.”

A spokesperson for the company said: “Our focus for this fare review was on the flat fare for Bristol and simplifying the zone structure for journeys outside Bath, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, so we have focussed on improvements for our whole operating area, not just Bristol.”

“Yate and Thornbury residents can buy a pack of 5 West of England Zone singles via the mTicket app for £17.50, so £3.50 each. These allow travel across the whole zone, regardless of distance, and they match the cash price for 3-6 miles and save between £1 and £3 compared to the cash price when travelling more than 6 miles.”