Fares on First Group buses are changing from this Sunday (3rd November) and a roadshow will visit Bradley Stoke on Friday (1st November) to explain the new ticket pricing regime.
The First team will be handing out information and providing advice to bus users at the Willow Brook Centre between 12noon and 8pm.
Following three months of public consultation, which saw more than 7,500 questionnaires returned, First is making radical changes to its fare structure that will bring cheaper fares for short journeys and, for the first time, discounts for young people (aged 16-21).
Bradley Stoke, along with Aztec West and Cribbs Causeway, will lie within a new ‘inner zone’ that extends six miles from the city centre.
First claims that the changes will result in 90% of its customers across the Bristol area paying an average 27% less for single fares.
Customers wanting more information about what is happening, and why, are also able to log onto a specially created website, www.fairerfares.co.uk. They can also tweet @FirstBSA to ask questions regarding the changes using the hashtag #fairerfares and the company will endeavour to reply to them directly.
Talking about the series of roadshow events being held across Bristol, Sarah Wallbridge, Senior Marketing Manager for First in the West of England said:
“We have deliberately picked busy locations, and mostly shopping centres, for these events so that we can talk to as many people as possible, ensuring that they know what is happening and why. In many cases the same locations were used when we were running our fare consultation events, so in returning to them we are bringing things full circle and are doing what we can to show those people who took part in the consultation what has happened as a result of their feedback.”
“We hope that people – whether they are existing bus users or not – will come along to these events to find out more about the changes that are being made.”
The November edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (out this weekend) will also contain more information about the changes being introduced.
Related link: First’s new fare zones in Bristol [PDF]
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