£2 cap on single bus fares announced in England to save passengers money

    The government has announced a new temporary £2 cap on single bus journeys to help passengers save money next year.

    The Transport Secretary has today (3/9) announced a new £2 cap on single bus journeys.

    Coming into place from January to March 2023, the price fare cap is backed by up to £60 million to ensure affordable transport across the country.

    The government say the move will 'help passengers with travel costs for work, education, shopping and medical treatments over the winter months' while they are facing pressures from the rising cost of living.

    Currently, bus fares vary across the country dependent on the operators. 

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "Buses are by far and away the most used form of public transport, so ensuring that almost all bus journeys are no more than £2 will assist passengers over the winter months and provide direct help to thousands of households across the country.

    "This £60 million boost will mean everyone can affordably get to work, education, the shops and doctor’s appointments.

    "We know people will be feeling the pressure of rising costs this winter, and so we have been working hard this summer to provide practical concrete help that will lower daily expenditure."

    The news comes as MK Labour Group has announced its campaign for buses to be under the control of local authorities. The call comes as bus operator Arriva are set to strike next week, affecting commuters and school children.

    READ AGAIN: Milton Keynes Labour call for councils to be given control over buses amid strike action

    Users of the bus services in the city are being told to make alternative arrangements for travel and expect delays due to increasing demand.

    Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew, Labour Cabinet Member for Public Transport, has said: “Private bus companies are making cuts to services and workers are unhappy with their conditions – all while the Council don’t have the powers nor the resources to intervene.

    "This is something that needs to change. Bus companies should fall under local authority control, so the Council can put the interests and needs of residents and workers above those of profits and shareholders.”

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