Bus fares in Cornwall have been lowered as a result of a new four-year scheme backed by the government and led by Cornwall Council.
Short hop fares have been cut by 20%, while longer journeys now cost up to 40% less than before. Some bus passes have also been cut by almost 50%.
The reductions in bus fares come after an investment of £23.5 million into the county by the government to “overhaul major local transport schemes” and to “help tackle cost-of-living pressures”.
According to Transport for Cornwall, day tickets for unlimited bus travel across the county will now cost £5 (down from £9). A weekly ticket will cost £20, while a monthly pass is now £80.
Town zone fares
Travel within town zones begins at £2.50 a day (down from £3) or £10 a week. Monthly passes will cost £40.
The reduced bus tickets are now available on all operators’ services.
The Department for Transport has also announced plans to introduce contactless tap-on and tap-off payments in the summer. Buses will also connect with the railway at stations across Cornwall.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “buses are the most popular way of getting around in this country – but for too long people outside of London have had a raw deal”.
“The investment we’re making today to ramp up the bus revolution will drive down fares at a time when people’s finances are tight and help connect communities across England.”
Linda Taylor, the leader of Cornwall Council, welcomed the news, saying that the plans are “instrumental in our journey to helping Cornwall becoming carbon neutral.”
Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, added that “around a third of journeys made by car are of less than 5km”, and hopes the scheme “will encourage more people to make more sustainable choices”.