Smart cards have been introduced for bus journeys in Bristol.
The system - similar to London's Oyster Cards - has been installed by Transport firm First to ease payments for passengers. At the moment they're only available for adults on certain routes but there are plans to extend the scheme by autumn.
Bus operator First are going to reduce their prices in Bath and Weston-super-Mare to encourage more people to use them. It comes after a fare reduction trial in Bristol saw a 15% rise in passengers. One of the changes will include a flat fare in Bath city centre.
Two bus passengers have been treated in hospital after a double-decker toppled sideways into a ditch in Somerset.The vehicle was carrying 17 passengers when it crashed into the roadside gulley between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean, and came to rest at a 45-degree angle.
Two people who clambered out of the wrecked vehicle were taken to hospital and the road was cordoned off while the cause of the crash was investigated.The First Bus vehicle was travelling the five-mile coastal route when it crashed.
People in Bristol will have the chance to have their say about bus services in the city today. First Bus are holding a question and answer session with some of the company's managers at Southmead hospital.
They say it'll give people a chance to ask about changes to fares and highlight any problems.
Bus services in Taunton, Bridgwater and Weston-super-Mare face cutbacks from July. Operator First Bus is removing several routes which it says are 'underperforming'. Up to 12 people face redundancy at the Bridgwater bus depot.
The changes from July 28 are: Taunton route 92 cut; increased frequency on route 22. Bridgwater - Town Services 1, 2, and 3 cut; Weston - routes 1 and 14 cut. The news comes just days after parent company First Group saw its share price fall 30 per cent.
I am delighted that First Bus are reintroducing their popular short-hop £1 fare. I hope this bodes well for future announcements about their fare structure following the consultation exercise underway, as I will do anything I can to help make public transport more affordable. The consultation is open until the end of June, and I urge everyone in their city to have their say."
We reluctantly abolished the ‘3 Stop Hop’ ticket in April 2012 after we had encountered serious problems with people travelling fraudulently – staying on the bus for a lot more than three stops for their £1 fare. However, it became clear during our recent fare consultation events that people are really keen to see it restored. We’ve heard this message and so we’re bringing back the ‘3 Stop Hop’ as a temporary measure until we know the full outcome of our current fare consultation. However, we shall also be taking extra steps to ensure that the ticket is not abused.”
– Marc Reddy, Director, First South West and Wales