Passengers using one of Cornwall’s major bus companies could see the cost of their tickets rise by more than a £1 in the new year, following a major overhaul of its pricing structure.
The cheapest single fare offered by First will rise from 90p to £2 from January 5, amid a raft of changes the operator says will simplify its ticketing system.
However, although some fares will increase, others will be reduced, as the current wide range of available tickets for regular travellers is streamlined.
Other positive changes include a commitment to keeping child tickets half the price of adult tickets and removing charges for dogs.
Return fares will now be one and a half times the amount of the standard single fare and valid for up to five days from the date the ticket is purchased.
First said the price increase will only affect a small number of travellers.
Alex Carter, director of First South West, said: “The way the current fares and tickets are structured makes it difficult for some of our customers to select the right tickets they need for their journeys.
“These changes will make it much simpler for them to understand which ticket they need to buy. On top of that, we will be introducing a new range of tickets for customers who travel regularly with us.”
Under the new tariff, a 90p ticket would cost £2, and the cost of a £3 ticket would jump to £4.
But other ticket prices would fall. For instance, the most expensive current single fare £6.95 will be reduced to just £5.
Elsewhere, multi-use tickets will now cost £25.00 for a week and £50.00 for a family.
First said the price changes were the first to be introduced in Cornwall for several years.
Mr Carter said “Because of Cornwall’s peak holiday times, we are making the tickets attractive and easy enough to appeal to visitors to the region as well as local people.”
First and Cornwall’s other major bus operator, Western Greyhound, were forced to reduce services in some parts of the county in November, following a funding cut from Cornwall Council.
First Group is one of Britain’s largest bus operators. It carries around 17 million passengers each year from Plymouth to Penzance.
For more information visit www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/devon_cornwall or pick up a leaflet from Truro or Penzance bus depot.