New flat fare for bus users

November 28 2018

CHANGES to bus services have been introduced, with cuts to one route, a new flat fare introduced and further price rises for any passengers who pay when they board.

Operator First has announced that the 7, which links Staple Hill and Mangotsfield to the city centre via Lawrence Hill and Soundwell, will no longer call at Mangotsfield in the early morning or evening.

The service includes a loop between Broad Street and the Lamb in Mangotsfield, via Hill House Road, Salisbury Road, Northcote Road, Mangotsfield Road and Charnhill Drive.

But before 9am and after 5.30pm the loop will be missed out.

First cited low customer demand for the changes to the timetable.

The bus operator has also introduced a new flat fare of £2 for all single journeys within the Bristol Inner Zone, which extends approximately six miles from the city centre.

Instead of £1.50 for trips under three miles and £2.50 for journeys of more than three miles, single fares in the zone, including all single metrobus trips, will now cost £2 for people buying at least five tickets on the company’s mTicket app or Travelwest smartcard. Anyone buying one single ticket at a time on the app will be charged a 7p booking fee on top of the £2 fare. The flat fare for people paying on the bus is now £2.50 instead of £2 and £3 before.

First’s day, night, week, month and year mTicket prices are being frozen for the next year but people buying adult day, night and week tickets on board will see them rise to £5, £3.50 and £20 respectively, as the company tries to make more people switch to its mobile app.

The ‘3 stop hop’ ticket will increase by 20p to £1.20.

Announcing the changes, First said: “The flat fare will make bus travel in Bristol simpler and equitable for all, with customers being able to travel in the confidence that their Bristol Zone journey will be the same price, regardless of distance.”