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Publication date:- 2017-24-03

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Better by bus

BUS users are reminded that Solo is changing and they can benefit from improvements to bus travel from April 2017.

Monday, 3 April 2017, will see the removal of 'zones' as all Solo ticket types will be valid for use across Merseyside which means bus users can travel on any bus, anywhere for one price, giving them greater freedom to travel across Merseyside as many times as they want with 1 ticket.

Solo ticketing would also become simpler for everyone as customers would not have to work out which zone they need and it could support greater access to work and leisure opportunities.

The new fare structure means that fares would be up to a cheaper for people who currently buy all area tickets, resulting in significant savings for those customers.

In terms of the new price structure, 7 out of 8, 1 area prices will increase in line with inflation to a maximum of 0.3% above or below RPI (set at 1.9%) and could be off set by the significant benefits customers will experience.

Usually approved price changes for Solo season tickets are applied annually in January along with other ticket products.

However, in January 2017, it was agreed to freeze these prices to avoid 2 price increases for Solo products during 2017. Customers have already been benefitting from the prices being maintained at 2016 prices for the 1st 3 months of 2017.

Bus users who buy a 'One Area Adult 4 Weekly Solo' will experience a marginal price increase, but would benefit from being able to travel across the whole of Merseyside as often as they want within a 4 week period.

A Young Person's 4 Weekly ticket will also be introduced to support young people and would contribute towards making travel more accessible for young people and would be a welcome addition to the ticket offers already available, including the £2 My Ticket.

Merseytravel Committee Chair Cllr Liam Robinson said:- "This is another innovative step forward in improving the bus offer for the City Region and not just for existing users, but for encouraging potential new users to give it a try. Reviewing zonal structures and pricing to simplify the customer ticket offer is a key objective of the Bus Alliance, a formal agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach and aim to get more people travelling by bus which drives up investment potential to benefit all who use them. We know from the Transport Focus Bus Passenger survey results announced yesterday that the new customer focussed improvements, including on board Wi-Fi, that have been introduced are having a positive effect. The changes to Solo are another way of driving up customer satisfaction levels and fare paying patronage by encouraging more people to try the bus."

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