BUS users in Somerset will be able to travel on most routes across the county for just £2 starting from January.

Somerset County Council announced the fare cut as part of an initiative funded by the Government aimed at boosting bus use.

It has also been set up to help passengers save money as the cost of living crisis continues to bite, fuelled in part by high petrol and diesel prices.

The £2 single fare has been available from all participating operators since January 1, and will continue until March 31.

The initiative will apply to the majority of routes in Somerset. You can check here  https://www.somerset.gov.uk/busit to see find out more about the scheme.

Somerset County Council and the Somerset Bus Partnership have launched the ‘Bus It’ campaign to encourage more people to use bus services at a time when many routes are under threat due to lack of use.

It’s hoped the new £2 fare will provide a major boost to patronage and support these aims.

The six operators involved are:

  • Dartline
  • Faresaver Buses
  • First South West (Buses of Somerset)
  • First West of England
  • Hatch Green Coaches
  • South West Coaches

Cllr Mike Rigby, Somerset County Council’s lead member for transport and digital said: “This new £2 fare is vital to ensure we get more people on buses which will help preserve bus routes in Somerset.

“This is potentially a real gamechanger in terms of getting people to leave the car at home – a £2 single journey for most routes in Somerset is fantastic value for money when you factor in the cost of fuel and the cost of living crisis.

“By catching the bus, you can make a difference to the climate, to our environment and save money and wear and tear on your car – it really does make sense to ‘Bus It’.”

Visit https://www.somerset.gov.uk/busit to find out about ticket deals and calculate how much you could save.

Only two weeks ago the council also announced a new £1 fare for all Taunton routes on buses.

Getting more passengers on buses in Taunton will strengthen the case for further BSIP funding to support similar initiatives in other Somerset towns.

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