BUS travel will be cheaper this summer after an increase in municipal funding.
The extra money will help lower bus fares in East Sussex to increase passenger numbers.
The measure is part of East Sussex County Council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).
However, with confirmation of government funding not expected until later this year, a decision was made to find alternative cash.
Councilor Claire Dowling, senior member for Transport and Environment, authorized the use of funds from the budget to reimburse concession fares that were not spent due to the county’s annual pre-Covid reduction in concession pass use.
“We know that if implemented during the busier summer months, the implementation of the fare reduction proposals outlined in our BSIP is likely to have a very significant impact on passenger numbers,” she said.
“With confirmation of government funding not expected until later this year, we did not want to miss this opportunity and I am pleased that we have now been able to find the money to take action.
“By encouraging an increase in bus ridership, operators will be in a much stronger position to continue providing the services in East Sussex that our residents have come to rely on.”
City Council has worked with bus operators to introduce a range of passenger discounts, including a new East Sussex single operator day pass worth £5, family and group tickets and an off-peak single fare for unaccompanied youngsters of £1.
Lower fares are currently available from Brighton and Hove Buses, Metrobus, Compass Travel and Stagecoach. Other operators will introduce these offers.
For more information on fare reductions visit the East Sussex County Council website.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20611591.bus-travel-cheaper-east-sussex-funding-boost/?ref=rss Bus trips are said to be cheaper in East Sussex after a funding boost