UK public transport operator Stagecoach has announced that more than 300,000 passengers have made bus journeys since the initiation of the £2 single fare scheme, which commenced in the new year.
The bus company claims that routes throughout the South Coast and South Lancashire have been among the most popular so far, including its 700 “Coastliner” service between Portsmouth and Brighton and the 125 service between Bolton and Preston.
The scheme falls under the UK government’s Help for Households campaign, and offers maximum bus fares of just £2 for any single bus journey on eligible routes. It will operate until 31 March 2023, with around 50,000 Stagecoach bus services being impacted by the price change.
Carla Stockton-Jones, UK managing director of Stagecoach, said: “We are delighted to see that thousands of people are already making the most of this great initiative.
“There’s never been a better time to try the bus, and with around 10 million people in England living within walking distance of one of our bus stops, we’re hoping that people will take the opportunity to get out of their cars and give the bus a try for the bargain price of just £2 for a single ticket.”
The three-month scheme will run in addition to other local fare schemes already in place.