First cuts Bristol fares

First cuts Bristol fares First cuts Bristol fares
Following three months of consultation First will next month revise its bus fares in Bristol. Paul Matthews, managing director of First West of England, says that 90 per cent of passengers will pay an average of 27 per cent less for single fares. A significant change is the introduction of a 30 per cent discount for people aged between 16 and 21. The existing three fare zones will be reduced to two, which First says will remove some fares anomalies.

George Ferguson, mayor of Bristol, says: “This is the welcome result of long and hard negotiations reinforced by a relentless campaign by citizen Daniel Farr. I particularly welcome the young people’s concessions.

“Most Bristol people will win, and a simpler fare structure, with savings for weekly tickets, will help commuters, visitors and those making trips for leisure get the best out of Bristol by bus.”

Farr, who founded the Make Fares Fair Campaign in the city, describes First’s announcement as “a big step in the right direction”.