Bus fares capped at £2.

Passengers across England are being encouraged to travel by bus as fares are capped at £2 from January to March this year.

Backed by £60 million of investment the Government has confirmed over 130 bus operators, including Harrogate bus companies Transdev and Connexions, will charge no more than £2 for their single tickets.

With the average single local bus ticket costing £2.80 passengers this will save almost a third of the ticket price per journey. In some rural areas a single ticket can cost over £5.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, said “As a former minister for buses I want to see more people using public transport. This cap will mean more people can afford to use the buses for their everyday journeys.

“Encouraging more people to choose buses for local journeys will help to reduce congestion and our carbon footprint which is vital on our way to net zero.”

This initiative builds on the allocation of more than £2 billion to support bus services in England through the pandemic and a commitment to fund improved services and new electric or hydrogen buses as part of the Government’s Bus Back Better strategy.