Liberal Democrat Focus Team councillors are pushing First Bus for a "three stop hop" ticket for the Yate area. At a meeting with a First Bus representative earlier this week, they argued that more people would use the bus to get about in the town if they could buy a low cost ticket to travel up to 3 stops, as you can in Bristol or Bath.
Newly elected Dodington Councillor Louise Harris said:
"If we want to cut congestion in Yate, we need to give people a real alternative to using the car for local journeys. When the fares go up this month it will cost a fiver for someone living in the town to get to the shopping centre and back. In Bristol or Bath just £1.20 will get you a three stop hop ticket. At that price people don't think twice about jumping on a bus and saving themselves the hassle of finding a parking space at the other end."
Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Thornbury & Yate, Claire Young, said:
"Anyone who has tried to park in Yate at busy times will know how important it is to get more people using the buses. We desperately need to cut congestion and air pollution but the latest fare rises risk putting people off using public transport. Local bus users are being hit particularly hard in the pocket when it comes to short journeys. A three stop hop ticket would help fix that.
"In the longer term, we would like to see Yate have its own travel zone, like Bristol, Bath and Weston-Super-Mare. We demand better services and fair fares for our area."