Graphic for extension of Government £2 fare cap

Government’s £2 bus fare cap scheme extended for second time

The Prime Minister has announced an extension to the £2 cap on bus fares in England introduced by Government on 1 January 2022.

The cap, which was set to run until 31 March 2023, was originally extended until the end of October 2023 with a further cap of £2.50 planned until 30 November 2024.

At Conservative Party Conference, however, it was announced that the £2 cap would remain in place until the end of 2024.

While the fare cap will be welcome news for passengers, it follows other major policy announcements for drivers that will prioritise private cars over public, shared and active travel.

Commenting on the news, Chair of Bus Users UK Jennie Martin said: “Making transport more affordable, particularly during a cost-of-living crisis is welcome news indeed. However, passengers also need bus services that are efficient and reliable in order to access education, employment and vital services. That cannot be achieved by prioritising private cars.”

In a press statement, Chief Executive of CPT Graham Vidler said: “We must move away from a procession of short-term fixes and instead build a long-term sustainable settlement to unlock the economic, net zero and social wellbeing potential of buses. The continued absence of a funded long-term plan is undermining the confidence of industry to invest, and deterring passengers from choosing to use the bus.”

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Bus Users 2023-11-24T15:05:45+00:00