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Bus fares to be capped at £2 through to March

Thursday 29 December 2022

Bus fares on routes across Hertfordshire will be capped at £2 per single journey for the first three months of the new year.

From 1st January to 31st March 2023 a single bus journey will cost no more than £2 on most routes across the county. The Department for Transport (DfT) are launching a £2 Fare Cap scheme nationwide and are working in partnership with operators who have signed up for the scheme.

The bus fare cap is designed to support families through the cost of living pressures enabling millions of people to access affordable bus travel this winter through to early spring. 

The scheme seeks to get more commuters on buses and help reduce emissions and congestion by taking an estimated 2 million cars off the roads.

Many but not all bus operators are taking part in the scheme. Those following companes are capping fares:

Bishops Stortford Community Transport CIO
Carousel Buses
Central Connect
First Essex Buses Ltd
Metroline (excluding PB1)
Red Eagle
Redline Buses

Companes not taking part include Reg's Coaches and Sullivan Buses.

Graham Vidler, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport said: "We look forward to welcoming more customers on board when the £2 fare cap in England starts in January, as it complements great value fares already in place that make taking the bus more attractive and environmentally friendly this winter.

"Travelling for £2 on the bus both helps customers facing rising cost challenges and enables them to try a new travel option to get to work, education, public services, leisure or see loved ones."

Buses Minister Richard Holden said: "Brits love buses. They're the most popular form of public transport in England, making up half of all journeys. So we’re investing £60 million to cap single bus fares at £2 to help families, students and commuters and help get people back on the bus."

Tom Stables, CEO of National Express UK, said: "More people using buses is good for the economy, environment and wider society. We know that great value, low fares encourage people to switch to the bus so are proud to join this scheme. And even better, we’re also freezing child fares at £1. Bus travel is simple, cheap and easy and there’s never been a better time to get onboard."

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