Welcome price cut for Buscard tickets
For most ordinary Britons, the economy is tanking or flatlining at best. We are feeling the pinch from higher food prices, utility bills and petrol costs. Bus users too are no exception: though single fares have continued to rise, operators have frozen or reduced the price of their season tickets. A recent price cut has seen increased patronage on Manchester bound buses, particular those of First Greater Manchester’s services.
Since the 29 September this year, Greater Manchester Travelcards Limited, under their System One brand have followed suit. It is pleased to announce a 17% price cut on their Buscard season tickets. All other popular (non-rail based) travelcards will be frozen. This will take effect till the 25 January 2014.
System One is keen to encourage greater use of public transport throughout Greater Manchester, having done so since 1995. It recognises the importance of value for money as a main concern among passengers purchasing their season ticket. As a tacit expression of this, it has therefore decided to lower the prices of its biggest selling travelcards and freeze many more, for an initial period of four months.
Richard Soper, Chair of Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd said: “ With System One travelcards accounting for over 14% of bus journeys within Greater Manchester we are constantly looking at how we can deliver better value for our customers. System One’s travelcards can be used on the services of all the bus operators within Greater Manchester, and are a great example of partnership working between the public transport operators and Transport for Greater Manchester to help make travelling easier. In these tough times we know many people are feeling the pinch and we are pleased to try and help ease the strain on household budgets. Naturally we will be watching the results of these price reductions closely, and we very much hope they will encourage more people to use public transport in Greater Manchester.”
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee said: “This is great news for passengers. We’re working with the transport operators to make using buses, trains and trams as attractive as possible and getting the right ticket at the right price is a very important part of that.
“This initiative will mean real savings for thousands of passengers across Greater Manchester – and I hope will persuade more people to make the switch to public transport. With plans to introduce our smart ticketing system ‘get me there’ on buses in 2015, using public transport will be easier than ever before.”
System One’s Buscards can be purchased from TfGM Travelshops, online via http://www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk, or from any shop in Greater Manchester with a PayPoint sign (some shops may charge a small transaction fee for credit and debit card payments).
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- 7 Day Adult Buscard: was £19.00, now £17.00;
- 28 Day Adult Buscard: was £71.50, now £61.00;
- Online 28 Day Adult Buscard: was £69.50, now £59.40;
- Annual Adult Buscard: was £745, now £680;
- 7 Day Young Persons’ (16 – 21)/Student (16 – 26) Buscard: was £14.90, now £12.70;
- 28 Day Young Persons’ (16 – 21)/Student (16 – 26) Buscard: was £53.50, now £45.70;
- Online 28 Day Young Persons’ (16 – 21)/Student (16 – 26) Buscard: was £51.50, now £44.00;
- Annual Young Persons’ (16 – 21)/Student (16 – 26) Buscard: was £560, now £510.
S.V., 08 October 2013.