Liberal Democrats demand fairer fares for our villages

Bus in Yate

South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have renewed their calls for fairer bus fares in the area covering Yate and Thornbury.

This Christmas First Bus has allowed people to travel anywhere in the Bristol Travel Zone in the evening for £1 – but there has been no equivalent for those of us in the West of England Zone. Speaking at the December South Gloucestershire Council meeting, Councillor Claire Young, Liberal Democrat Leader of the Opposition on the Council, said:

“The unfairness of rural bus prices in South Gloucestershire isn’t just for Christmas.

"If I lived in Lympsham, just over 4 miles from the Grand Pier Weston-super-Mare, I could travel not only there but anywhere in Weston Super Mare and the surrounding villages for £2.20 for all my journeys for the whole day. Just to get a single ticket for the 2 mile journey from my home in Coalpit Heath to Yate Bus Station costs £2.50 and if I want to get a day pass I have to spend £6.60 to get one for the whole of the West of England.

"First Bus heeded our calls for a low flat rate fare within Yate and Thornbury. Will the Executive Member now join us in pushing for a travel zone for Yate and Thornbury and the nearby villages, like the one round Weston Super Mare?”

The Liberal Democrats have started a petition calling for a new zone around Yate and Thornbury, so that people making multiple bus journeys in the area don’t have to pay as much to travel to and around their local town as they would to travel all the way to Weston-super-Mare, Devizes or Street. 


First Bus’s West of England Zone covers South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, and stretches to Street, Somerset in the South and Devizes, Wiltshire in the East).

There are currently three localised travel zones within the West of England Zone: Bath (and the surrounding villages), Bristol (covering Keynsham, urban parts of South Gloucestershire and Long Ashton), and Weston-super-Mare (and the villages).

First Bus users in the West of England Zone can buy a ticket to cover multiple journeys on a single day within the whole of the West of England Zone for £6.60 – in the local zones customers can pay less for unlimited travel just within that zone: Bristol £4.50, Bath £4.20, Weston-super-Mare £2.20).

The petition is at

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