Bristol bus fare demo

The demo was held outside Bristol's bus station Photo: ITV News

"Lower Fares Now" read one of the banners, as dozens of campaigners gathered outside Bristol bus station calling for something to be done about the growing cost of bus travel in the city.

It was organised by Daniel Farr from Make Fares Fair, who has collected almost 3,000 signatures for an online petition as part of the campaign.

Daniel says, "I decided to actually do something rather than just moan about it and someone suggested setting up a petiton online so that's what I did and I never expected it to get as big as this but I'm very happy it has."

In the light of Daniel's petition, First, the company behind the majority of Bristol's buses, has announced it will be reviewing its ticket pricing.

Justin Davies is First's Regional Managing Director: "We're taking on board some very good consultants to have a proper look at this for us, and then we will look at that report and really understand what they're saying to us and then react to it - that's the absolute point of doing this review."

The news comes just a month after the company raised many of its ticket prices by 25 pence - taking some fares over the £3 mark for a single journey.

One passenger told us: "I lived in Cardiff before I came here and you could get around for a whole day on £3. But it's a similar price just for one journey round here."

Another said: "I think they're scandalous actually. I mean I don't understand why for the same bus company in other cities they pay less - it should be all the same."

One problem has been the failure by councils in the Bristol area to push ahead with a single transport authority to take control of routes and fares.

Bus fare campaigner Rob Telford says, "Other cities they do have integrated transport authorities which does make a huge difference - so that actually the transport systems are moderated and scrutinised. The problem is we don't have that here and we have a number of different councils which have different agendas for the transport system."

The consultation process is expected to last six months and a decision will be made by First on whether to reduce fares by the end of the summer.

Watch Daisy Gray's full report here: