Bus fares in and around Glasgow are to see changes including a number of fares and ticket prices being frozen or reduced, the local operator has confirmed.
Included in the changes are reductions of up to £2 for passengers buying adult FirstWeek tickets, with further reductions of up to £2.50 on child season tickets. Pricing for student FirstWeek term tickets will also be frozen for another year.
FirstCard season ticket prices will be matched to FirstWeek range pricing, with both providing identical travel options. First Glasgow’s travel ticket for jobseekers will remain unchanged.
Adult singles and returns will rise by between 5p and 20p dependent on distance, while FirstDay tickets will rise by between 10p and 25p. Night services and cross-network journeys will also see an increase.
The fare changes are due to come into effect from Sunday, May 22.
Fiona Kerr, Managing Director of First Glasgow, commented: “I’m pleased we’re able to reduce or freeze the prices of most of our FirstWeek ticket range, as well as our term tickets for students and our jobseekers travel prices in Glasgow and across our network.
“By bringing down the prices of our FirstWeek tickets, we hope to encourage passengers to buy more bus journeys in advance and benefit from better discounts rather than opting for single or return fares.
“We are also bringing in some small fare rises this year, although we’ve endeavoured to keep these to a minimum. We are continuing to invest in our fleet to make bus travel more attractive for all and we know our passengers want better more modern vehicles. That’s why we have invested over £80million over the past few years, which includes putting more than 270 brand new buses on the road, with leather seats and wider aisles for wheelchairs and buggies.
“That investment will continue and we hope the quality of our vehicles and service delivery, along with competitive pricing that is still on a par or lower than other major cities in Scotland, makes more people think about travelling by bus in and around Glasgow more often.”