People across Portsmouth can benefit from single bus fares capped at £2 until 31 October 2023. Fares will then be capped at £2.50 until November 2024.
Portsmouth City Council has collaborated with local bus companies First Solent and Stagecoach who have both taken up the scheme.
According to the Department for Transport, people can save almost a third of the ticket price for the average journey. This would also cut emissions and congestion by taking an estimated two million cars off the roads.
This cap on single adult fares does not affect the concessionary fare scheme or impact free travel. Existing single fares below the fare cap are unchanged. Return fares and daily or weekly tickets are not included in the scheme. It may be better value in some cases to buy two single journeys, a daily ticket or a weekly ticket and you should check with the participating bus company.
More improvements to bus services across Portsmouth are due throughout the year with a series of council led schemes funded by the Bus Service Improvement Plan now underway. The Bus Service Improvement Plan is a £48 million investment of government funding designed to transform bus travel for Portsmouth residents, creating a quicker and more reliable bus service.
More information about this scheme is available on the government website.