By KLTV Newsdesk –
The popular “Get Around for £2” bus travel scheme is to be extended for an additional four months, the Department for Transport has announced.
The scheme, which enables millions of people to save on daily travel and enjoy affordable outings, will continue until October 31st.
Initially set to conclude on June 30th, extending the £2 bus fare cap will provide passengers outside London with substantial savings, allowing them to benefit from a one-third reduction in average ticket prices.
With over 5,000 routes in England covered by the scheme, commuters, visitors, and individuals travelling for medical appointments or to meet loved ones will have access to discounted single bus tickets.
The positive impact of the scheme will be further extended, as from November 1st, the fare cap will continue at £2.50 for an additional year until November 2024.
This extension is made possible by a government funding allocation of £200 million to facilitate affordable travel and foster economic growth.
The extension of the “Get Around for £2” scheme plays a pivotal role in the government’s Help for Households initiative, supporting individuals in coping with the escalating cost of living.
Moreover, the scheme will be particularly beneficial for lower-income individuals who rely on bus transportation, as they take nearly three times as many bus trips as their higher-income counterparts.
Since its launch, the £2 fare cap has already yielded positive results.
Bus fares in England, excluding London, have witnessed an 8% reduction, making travel more affordable for the general public.
Additionally, a survey conducted by Transport Focus revealed that 11% of respondents reported an increase in their bus usage due to the fare cap, with an overwhelming 80% acknowledging the scheme’s contribution to alleviating the financial burden of everyday expenses.
With the extension of the “Get Around for £2” scheme, individuals across England will continue to benefit from reduced bus fares, saving money while embracing economic opportunities and enjoying recreational activities.