First bus ticket prices set to rise sharply from January

Falmouth Packet: First bus ticket prices set to rise sharply from January First bus ticket prices set to rise sharply from January

Most ticket prices for First buses in Cornwall are set to rise sharply.

On January 5 First are changing the types of tickets they sell, and their prices, and the company says that many people will find their fares have increased, adding, "although a number will find theirs have been reduced".
The company says that there are a "number of reasons" why they are increasing their fares, and "all of them are to do with covering the increased costs of running buses".

 

First says  they have taken the decision to overhaul all of their fares, "to provide a much simpler set of fares that can be easily understood and communicated to customers".

And that this means there will be fewer fares for single and return journeys, and there will be a new range of tickets for people who travel regularly.

The company says that their existing tickets havent been reviewed for "many, many years".

A spokesman said: "We want to have a range of easy to understand tickets. Tickets that are easy to choose between and are attractive and simple enough to appeal to visitors as well as local residents."

Single and return tickets will be kept, but all the existing passes will be replaced by a range of 1, 2, 3 and 7 day tickets and a month ticket. The current 10 and 14 journey tickets will no longer be available, and neither will tickets over a month long.

Child tickets are being extended to cover the ages 5-16 years inclusive and will cost half of the full adult fare. 

The charge for dogs has been removed altogether.

 Return fares will now be one and a half times the single fare and will now be valid for up to 5 days from the date the ticket was purchased.

 Family ticket prices will now be based on the price of two adults, meaning that children are free. The limit on the number of children who can travel on a family ticket has been removed.

What will you pay from January?

- Single and returns -

Current single fare 90p - £2.00
New single fare £2.00
New return fare £3.00

Current single fare £2.05 - £2.95
New single fare £3.00
New return fare £4.50

Current single fare £3.00 - £4.20
New single fare £4.00
New return fare £6.00

Current single fare £4.20 - £6.95
New single fare £5.00
New return fare £7.50

- Multi use tickets -

Cornwall 1 day: Adult £10.00, Child £5.00, Family £20.00
Cornwall 2 day: Adult £15.00, Child £7.50, Family £30.00
Cornwall 3 day: Adult £20.00, Child £10.00, Family £40.00
Cornwall 7 day: Adult £25.00, Child £12.50, Family £50.00
Cornwall Month: Adult £100.00, Child £50.00, Family n/a

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6:59pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

If bus fares are to be increased then hopefully all buses will now be clean, reliable and provide connecting services, as some services have now been reduced one would hope to gain something from a fare increase.

Presumably 'First' will be investing sometime in the near future in more easy access buses in order to provide continuity in its service for those with disabilities.
If bus fares are to be increased then hopefully all buses will now be clean, reliable and provide connecting services, as some services have now been reduced one would hope to gain something from a fare increase. Presumably 'First' will be investing sometime in the near future in more easy access buses in order to provide continuity in its service for those with disabilities. Gillian Zella Martin 09

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