South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrats have hit out at pending FirstBus fare changes, which will leave local residents short-changed compared to passengers in Bristol. Under new fares that will take effect on 11 November, Thornbury and Yate residents will have to pay £2.50 for journeys of under three miles, while Bristol residents will be able to travel much further for just £2.07.
Lib Dem campaigner for Dodington, Louise Harris, said: “If you live on the outskirts of Yate and want to nip into the town centre for your shopping by bus, it's going to set you back a fiver for the return journey. That's a 25% price hike. And Yate residents are still unable to buy mTickets on their phones for single journeys under 6 miles, unlike Bristol residents who get a discount for doing this."
Lib Dem Parlimentary Spokesperson for Thornbury & Yate, Claire Young, said: “This latest fare rise means that someone wanting to pop into Yate from Frampton Cotterell or from Alveston into Thornbury will have to pay £5 to get there and back. Meanwhile Bristol residents will now be able to get an adult single anywhere within Bristol for just £2.07. Once again this seems like an example of Thornbury & Yate residents being taken for a ride by First Bus.”
Louise Harris added: "The risk is that this second class service will put people off from using public transport at a time when we are being told we should leave our cars at home for the sake of the environment. I would like to see a dedicated travel zone for our area, as Bristol and Bath already have, with £1 single tickets within Yate and Thornbury and £2 singles into Yate or Thornbury from the villages. The only way to get more people out of their cars and onto public transport is to show that it represents genuine value for money.”