First’s fare freeze in York
First in York has announced a price freeze for the majority of customers as part of its annual price review. There are also price cuts being introduced for some customers with the announcement of an extension to the product range for 16 to 18 year olds. The introduction of new monthly (£38), three-monthly (£100) and annual (£275) tickets will complement the daily ticket at £3 (frozen) and weekly ticket at £10 (frozen). This means that all 16 to 18 year olds, not just those in education, can save up to 40% on their travel costs compared to adult fares. The daily ticket is to keep the same price of £3.80, as are all adult singles, the £1 child single and child daily, weekly and monthly tickets.
New 16 to 18 tickets will be introduced on 30 August at the same time as the maximum single for 16 to 18 year olds increases by 10p to £1.40. On the same date the FirstWeek ticket will increase by 50p to £12.50, but remains over 20% cheaper than in 2013 when priced at £16. A £2 increase will be introduced on the FirstMonth ticket to £46 but customers can freeze their monthly travel costs if they switch to mobile ticketing (available via the First mTicket App). In line with these changes the annual ticket will rise to £460 but remains £20 cheaper than in 2013. The Group Day ticket will increase 20p to £7.60.
MD of First in York, Ben Gilligan, said, ‘Our announcement today means the vast majority of First bus customers will pay the same or less for their travel. Looking forward we’ll continue to invest in improving services for our customers including using customer feedback to drive network developments and provide high quality services at great value.’