September 03 2022
Today (3rd September) the Government has announced a £2 bus fare cap for all journeys in England, starting from January.
The Government will invest up to £20m a month to introduce the cap on most services across England outside London.
Commenting on the news, CPT's Policy Director Alison Edwards said:
“Bus fare caps at £2 are an eye-catching initiative which could help attract new passengers on to the bus, particularly at a time when networks are adapting to new travel patterns, and both customers and operators are facing cost of living and business cost challenges.
"Fares are just one tool that can make buses more attractive. We also need a focus on priority measures which will keep buses out of congestion, speed up journey times, help keep fares low, and ensure buses are reliable, factors which we know are important for passengers.
"We look forward to understanding in detail how the proposed fare cap will work in practice to ensure it supports the long-term sustainability of bus networks, which are vital in connecting communities with jobs, education and skills, as well as friends, family, and essential public services.
Notes to editors:
- CPT is the voice of the bus and coach sector with around 900 members in the UK
- CPT's Alison Edwards is available for interview upon request