£2 Flat Fare - Bargain or Bamboozled?
The bus industry's view is aptly summarised by a note received by fbb from a respected senior bus manager who will have to manage the scheme.
Yes it’s going to be a mess.
£2 national max fare scheme administered by DaFT, no details, yet, of how operators will be paid and no agreement with operators yet. What will child fare be? Will start October.
Funding from other budgets, no idea what will be reduced to pay for it. Huge ramifications with weekly and period tickets. My guess is DaFT will try to cash limit , but what happens when money runs out.
Andy Burnham "get more votes £2"
No idea how funded, TfGM have no idea how it’s going to operate, it’s Max £1 child, £2 adult, £5 day. Tram excluded.
So let’s say both schemes start, adult passenger goes from Stockport to Buxton (in Derbyshire) Is his £2 single a Manchester £2 or a national £2, and how might we tell the difference? What will his child pay?
Supposing he or she is a regular traveller making 10 journeys a week. Current weekly is £39.20. But under the new plan he or she will buy 10 x £2 singles. Someone owes £19.20 but who, and how do we know what tickets would have been bought before the scheme was introduced?
Yes it’s going to be a mess
Maybe the scheme in operation in Germany would ber a better deal for everyone.
No 1 son and family made great use of the deal on a recent visit to Munich for a few days.
Of course, most of the public transport in Germany is heavily subsidised, so a deal like this is only about throwing a bit more cash into the industry piggy banks.
Another (Stagecoach) Grand Day Out
The journey by rail is also about 2 hours but with TWO changes and will cost £19.70 day return.
But, unlike yesterday's Skeggy, no rail fares are quoted.
Is there printed information?
A (First Bus) Grand Day Out
And Is There Printed Information? NO!
There are large screens at each stand with large departure lists ...
IT'S ALL ON LINE
... but not quite.