metrobus to move to a flat fare
The new metrobus routes operated by First West of England, which have attracted significant numbers of passengers since starting operations this spring, will be moving to a flat fare for all single journeys from this Sunday, 11th November. The flat fare will make payments a lot simpler for customers, the majority of whom will benefit from a price reduction.
In the six months since the £270m rapid transit system went operational, there have been more than 400,000 passengers on the first two services to go live - the m3, which started at the end of May and provides a service from Emersons Green to the city centre; and the m2, which started at the beginning of September and operates between Long Ashton and the city centre.
Currently there are two single fares for metrobus, with travel within one zone costing £1.50 and travel between two zones costing £2.50. Now passengers will pay £2.00 for all single tickets purchased as a pack of 5 single tickets from First’s mTicket app, from the iPoint ticket machines located at all metrobus stops, or on the Travelwest smartcard available online, from iPoints and First’s Bristol travel shop. For the first time, customers will also be able to buy an individual flat fare single on the mTicket app for £2.07*. A day ticket remains at £4.00.
Rob Pymm, Commercial Director at First West of England says: “The new flat single fare for Bristol from 11 November means customers can use our metrobus services at one simple price, just as they will be able to on all our Bristol city services. Over two-thirds of customers buying single tickets will save as a result of the flat fare, which we believe offers excellent value for money for what is already a hugely popular service.”
“metrobus has been a major success story since its launch and passenger numbers have been a lot higher than expected. It demonstrates the role that metrobus has to play in supporting the mobility of people around the city.”
First has invested some £10m in vehicles as part of the metrobus development, which are initially Euro VI emission diesel buses, with biogas buses coming into service on the routes within two years. The final metrobus route, the m1, which will provide a service across the city from Hengrove to Cribbs Causeway, is due to go live in early January.
* The price is slightly higher to reflect the cost of providing a single ticket one at a time.