Following the success of the bus fare cap scheme, also known as ‘Get Around for £2’, introduced by the Government in January, the scheme has been extended until the autumn.
The scheme was launched to alleviate the pressures of the rising costs of living by making travel costs more affordable. Thanks to Government investment, a single fare on many buses was capped at £2.
Initially planned to run for three months, the scheme will now remain in place until the end of October. The price will then be capped at £2.50 until the end of November, after which the future is unknown – the scheme will be reviewed before this date and a decision made.
Many of our local bus companies are taking part, making travel around the area more affordable. It has been adopted by Arriva, Oxford Bus Company, Redline Buses and Stagecoach, although exemptions are in place for some routes, including dedicated school services, buses that only run on school days and coach services like the Oxford Tube. More details are available on the Government website.
We’d encourage our residents to take advantage of the continuing lower prices to make more journeys by bus over the summer. Also, as some of our previously-cut local services are now operated by First and Last Mile, travelling by bus will ensure the non-profit can continue operating these routes. Find out their routes and timetables on the First and Last Mile website.