Issue date: 07 March 2013
Mayor George Ferguson will be the first 3 stop rider passenger at College Green on Thursday 7 March 2013
UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol have been working with Wessex buses to get fares down for Bristol passengers. Three stop journeys on all Wessex Red services will now cost just £1 with the new 3 stop rider fare.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will be the first to 'get on board' with the new fare on Thursday 7 March at the College Green stop to celebrate the launch of the 3 stop rider.
Steve Ward, Travel Planner at UWE Bristol said, “Any member of the public can now make a short journey for just £1 cash. Using our services is now as easy as 1-2-3: £1 for a short journey, £2 for any other single journey, and £3 for all-day travel. We are responding to the Bristol Mayor's aim to see lower fares and higher quality buses in Bristol and look forward to continuing to grow our services in the city.”
Responding to the announcement, Mayor George Ferguson said, “I am delighted that UWE Bristol and Wessex Red have responded so positively to our ambition to get fares down for the people of Bristol. We need to sort out our public transport by working together to ensure safe, reliable and low cost travel is available to all. This 3 stop rider initiative is hitting the right buttons and will, I am sure, make a big difference to bus passengers who have been paying above the odds for too long. As Steve Ward from UWE Bristol says, it's as easy as 1-2-3.”
Tony Clayton, Sustainability Manager for Transport at the University of Bristol, said: “These lower prices will hopefully encourage people to use the Wessex Red bus service more and leave the car at home. It's not just a service for students – everyone in the city can jump on board and benefit from cheaper travel across the city.”
Wessex Red is a partnership between the University of the West of England, University of Bristol and Wessex Bus. They operate nine routes across Bristol, with the latest additions being the 13 service from Broadmead to Bradley Stoke via Fishponds and the 19 service from the Centre to Filton via Cotham.
Full details of Wessex Red routes and prices are at www.wessexred.co.uk