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Smart cards for park and ride buses launch in Bath

A trial for people to be able to buy multi journeys on Park and Ride services with smart card is being launched in Bath today Credit: ITV Westcountry

A trial for people to be able to buy multi journeys on Park and Ride services with smart card is being launched in Bath today.

Bus operator First wants the travel cards to be used like Oyster cards - used in London's underground - in the future.

It means commuters will be able to top up the cards like an electronic purse and will get savings on journeys.

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Bristol Mayor backs relaunched bus ticket

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."

– George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

First Bus 'listens' to passengers

The company is relaunching its popular 'Three Stop Hop' ticket on Sunday (12 May).

Passengers will be able to travel short distances of no more than three stops within Bristol's zones 1 and 2 for £1.

The operator says it follows widespread public requests during a week of fare consultation road-show events.

The operator says it follows widespread public requests during a week of fare consultation road-show events.

First Bus is 'reviewing' its fares within the City of Bristol, following a campaign led by a local passenger and the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

Train operator to cut number of announcements on trains

First Great Western is to cut the number of announcements on its trains. The company is the main rail operator in the Westcountry.

By the end of this month, it will have re-trained one thousand staff to keep announcements relevant and to the point. Passengers have said many are annoying, pointless and repetitive.

Even Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged train operators to curb "excessive" announcements.

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First Group keeps hold of Great Western Rail Service

First Group will keep the franchise for a further three years. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

First Group, which runs the Great Western Rail Service, will keep the franchise for a further three years.

The new timetable for rail franchise bids was announced by the Transport Secretary this morning.

First Group was due to bid again this October for the service operating trains from the West Country to London Paddington. This has now been delayed and they won't have to bid again until July 2016.

Passengers unhappy at rail fare hikes

Commuters returning to work after the Christmas break are facing big rail fare increases. Season ticket holders are worst affected - paying 4 percent more to travel. Train companies say it's necessary to fund improvements.

But campaign groups say it's the 10th successive above-inflation rise in the last decade, and that passengers still face long delays and overcrowding.

Rail fare hikes come into effect

Tickets are going up by an average of 3.9% Credit: PA

The mid-winter will be bleaker for millions of rail travellers today as inflation-busting fare rises take effect.

Fares are increasing by an average of 3.9%.

The rise follows a miserable few weeks for many commuters in the South West who have had to contend with long delays caused by flooding and signal failures.

Last week, over-running engineering work led to serious over-crowding on some trains.

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