£2 bus fares extended until 30 June
Passengers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will continue to benefit from £2 bus fares, thanks to £155 million government funding to help more people to travel more affordably.
The Department of Transport has confirmed that the scheme, which has been running since 1 January, will be extended until 30 June 2023.
Bus use is down by nearly a quarter since COVID-19 and there is a risk that services will be cut back if not used, which would be devastating for communities that rely on buses to connect them to jobs, education and friends and family. It is anticipated that this initiative will see more people using these services and making bus travel a part of their lives.
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson said:
“I welcome this move by the government to make bus travel more affordable. Opening up travel will help grow the economy by allowing people to get to work and help communities to avoid social isolation and access education and healthcare.
“I know from the emails I have received and the people I have spoken to how essential buses are to our communities, and officers at the Combined Authority are continuing to look at all of the options available to us to protect them for the future.”
The Combined Authority welcomes this initiative by the Department of Transport to encourage more people to return to bus travel.
In addition to the £2 bus fare initiative, the Combined Authority has also introduced a Mayoral General Precept, which will support buses across our region.