New "All York" bus tickets announced
City of York Council has announced the new “All York” ticket for bus services, which will permit travel on every bus in the city for a fixed price.
The tickets will be all day tickets, a return using two buses is not yet possible, and are a cross-company version of the all day tickets already offered by many of the companies providing services within York.
An all day ticket will cost £5, although the introductory price will be £4.50, it will be available from 1st July this year. A family ticket at £10 will also be available, valid for up to five people. For comparision, an all day ticket on First buses costs £3.70.
The plan is designed to improve public transport use within York, as part of the plans by City of York Council’s “Get York Moving” campaign.
York’s pollution, primarily caused by traffic, has for some time been cause for concern , with high pollution being linked to health problems and decreased life expectancy.
In a statement Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Sustainability and Transport, said: "One of the commitments of 'Get York Moving' was to introduce a single ticket that could be used on all operators' bus services, and this is now just about to become a reality.
"So, this event is a first milestone, following many months of negotiations, on the road towards a simpler, more user friendly bus service for York. It will be the first time a single ticket can be used on all local services, and will give all working age residents a new alternative to the car for many more local trips".
Nine bus companies are involved in the plan, Arriva, Coastliner, East Yorkshire Motor Services, Eddie Brown Tours, First York, Harrogate Coach Travel, Reliance, Stephensons of Easingwold and Utopia.