£2 fare cap announced for Liverpool
As Liverpool inches towards bus franchising, its Mayor, Steve Rotheram, has announced a £2 fare cap for bus travel.
The new single adult fare is part of the Mayor’s wider plans for the public transport system.
Young people will also continue to benefit from all day unlimited travel for just £2.20 by capping MyTicket until 2025. Plans are also in the works to simplify the region’s wider ticketing system under a ‘tap and go system’.
The new £2 fare is subject to agreement with the bus operators and is for an initial three-year period. Subject to confirmation, the £12m Bus Services Improvement Plan (BSIP) allocation will be used to fund these measures. However, according to Liverpool’s Mayor, more funding is needed to realise the ambition set out in the BSIP and deliver further service improvements, including additional evening and weekend services as well as more hydrogen buses.
“Today marks another massive step on our journey to revolutionise our region’s buses” – Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Today marks another massive step on our journey to revolutionise our region’s buses. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on buses to get about every day, yet too often they tell me that they are still too expensive, too unreliable and too confusing – I want to put that right.
“We’ve listened to people’s concerns and have responded with direct action that will help ease the financial burden – especially during the cost-of-living crisis – by making it cheaper to travel on our bus network. This is just a down payment on my wider ambitions, though. I’m fighting to win London-style funding that will allow us to build a public transport network that is better connected, faster, and cleaner. If it’s good enough for the capital, then it’s the least that we should expect.”