Great news! The £2 single journey initiative has been extended once again
1 month ago
Bus passengers in-and-around Southampton will continue to be able to travel on any single journey in-and-around the city for £2.
We signed up to the Department for Transport (DfT) initiative - which restricts the cost of a single ticket - at the beginning of the year. An essential part of the Government’s Help for Households scheme, the fare cap was set to end on 31 October 2023 but has now been extended once again.
“I am pleased to announce that both Bluestar and Unilink will continue to offer the £2 fare cap - in line with the Government’s announcement that the initiative will be extended,” said Andrew Wickham, Bluestar and Unilink managing director.
We expect the cap to continue until at least 31 December 2023, and this will allow us to carry on providing low-cost bus travel. It will also help to protect many routes relied upon by local people.
Our aim is for people to change their travel habits, so they opt for the bus and other sustainable methods of travel instead of using their own vehicles to travel across the region. With one fully-loaded double decker bus having the potential to take up to 75 cars off the road, this is an excellent opportunity to reduce congestion in-and-around Southampton.
Our customers will be able to travel on any single journey, on any of the operators’ buses, for £2 or less. They can also use any payment method - including tap on, tap off contactless, the app, and cash.
As the £2 fare is so simple we would also like to encourage as many people to use tap on tap off paperless ticketing - just tap your contactless card on the ticket machine with the driver and tap off at the reader by the door as you leave.