Greater Manchester Bus Fare Changes, January 2020

What’s going up, what’s staying the same, and what’s going down? This year’s bus fare changes could be fairly grim for some passengers, particularly those in North Manchester. The 02 January 2020 sees the expiration of the Diamond Bus North West/Go North West/First Greater Manchester ticket agreement. Instead of one FirstDay ticket for most of…

Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #13: Bus Fares

The long awaited thirteenth part of our informal look at bus operations. For beginners. In a previous Duffers’ Guide (Part Six), we looked at how concessionary fares work on bus routes. At this moment in time, fare increases have dominated the news agenda after Brexit, Trump and, in Greater Manchester at least, Andy Burnham’s death…

System One’s Economy Drive Continues: Cheaper Bus Travel Till April 2014

Price cut continues for Buscard tickets Great news for regular bus users in Greater Manchester: System One’s price cut on its Buscard tickets has been extended. The original promotion was set to finish on the 25 January this year. Owing to popular demand, it has been extended till the 26 April 2014.

System One’s Economy Drive: Cheaper Bus Travel Till Early 2014

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…

Duffers’ Guide to Bus Operations #6: Concessionary Fares

The long awaited sixth part of our beginners’ guide to bus operations returns Passengers of a certain age may remember a time when Greater Manchester’s municipal and private operations had a varying degree of concessionary fare rates. Some didn’t introduce concessionary fares till the 1960s.

Mancunian Oystercard Online for 2013 Release

TfGM gains £32.5 million grant for a ‘Digital ClipperCard’ scheme In most parts of the United Kingdom, outside of London, changing from bus to train incurs a financial penalty. If a passenger travels from Leigh to Southport, the quickest way on public transport would involve two sets of tickets: a FirstDay ticket for the 582…

System One’s Big Day Out for 2012

Popular community competition returns with bigger prize fund and potential for a bigger day out For our local charities, this year is set to be a tumultuous one as funding by our councils is being slashed. The double whammy of council cutbacks and a recession (which has increased demand for their services) has made 2012…

Our City United: I Love Manchester Day, 26 August 2011

System One Travelcards to give away 2000 one-day Any Bus DaySaver tickets Regular readers of this blog would be all too familiar with the recent riots in Manchester, Salford, Birmingham and London and the fall out from that. According to a BBC Northwest Tonight report, footfall [in Manchester] on the Saturday after the riots was…

System One’s Big Day Out: Public Vote Time

Which organisation deserves a ‘Big Day Out’ compliments of System One Travelcards? You decide (this is a follow-up article to ‘iGo to Ashton for Less These Days’). Almost two months ago on ‘East of the M60’, we advertised the arrival of a new junior all-systems bus day saver ticket. To celebrate its introduction, System One…

iGo to Ashton for Less These Days

System One celebrates launch of junior day rover ticket with a Big Day Out Most regular readers of East of the M60 and similar transport blogs would have noticed the furore over TfGM’s concessionary fares system. Not least the change to half fare from flat fares and the new IGo pass (which is basically an…

One in Six Young Mancunians Benefit from Cheaper Bus Fares

How System One Travelcards and the Future Jobs Fund has put young people back to work with cheaper bus fares For anyone with a low income, especially young people, bus fares can take a significant chunk out of their daily budget. New figures released by Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd has seen 13% of all participants…