IoM £2 fares scheme extended

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First introduced at the beginning of November, the Isle of Man has extended its £2 bus fares scheme for a further two months. The three-month trial of the maximum fare had been due to finish at the end of January, but will now run until 31 March, the island’s infrastructure minister has decided. The previous maximum fare on the island was £3.40, and the scheme was anticipated to cost the island’s Department of Infrastructure up to £170,000 in lost income.

A further review of fares is being carried out, with any changes due to come in from 1 April. Chris Thomas MHK said the extension would allow Bus Vannin to continue supporting the community until the review was complete. “The fare cap has resulted in a small increase in passengers and seen added value and savings for existing users,” he explained.