£2 per single journey seems OK - BUT ...
One article elsewhere suggested that passengers would be saving £5 a day.
Doubtful. If the average single bus fare is £2.80, the cap is not the bonanza the press seems to think it is.
Sheffield Supertram explains the consequences rather better than most. (click on the graphic to enlarge it)
A short video smuggled out of a bus HQ in Aberdeen shows a chubby bus manager in conversation with a faceless minion from the DaFT.
A flat-rate bus pilot scheme, backed by £23.5 million of government funding, launched in Cornwall this January and has already seen an indicative 10% increase in passenger numbers. The ‘Any Ticket Any Bus’ scheme, running over 4 years, includes a £3 day ticket within towns or a £9 day ticket across all of Cornwall, which is valid across different bus operators.
Not quite, DaFT!
The Cornwall scheme is not "flat fare" It has brought a reduction in all fares of about 30%
fbb does not really know what an "indicative" 10% increase in passengers means, but it sounds like a euphemism for a guess!
Let's do the sums.
10 people travel on Arthur Daley's bus into town paying £6 each return. That's £60 in the piggy bank.
Fares are reduced by 33.333 (recurring!)%. Passenger numbers increase by 10%.
11 people travel on Arthur Daley's bus into town paying £4 each return. That's £44 in the piggy bank.
HMG needs to fund the operator an extra £16. The operator may already be in receipt of payments if it is a tendered service.
Hss the scheme worked? Maybe? But at those rates, will the operators be keen to keep the fares low when the "pilot scheme" ends.
Of course not - far too risky.
And how does the £2 flat fare fit in anyway?
And how are things going in those Metro-Mayor controlled ares where a different set of funding has provided a similar flat fare scheme already?
Does anyone know? Are they telling?
And PLEASE DON'T ASK this question!!!
How does the reimbursement work if your delighted passenger is buying a £2 flat fare from Matlock (the national scheme) through to Sheffield (The South Yorkshire Mayor's Fares scheme)? They are funded differently.
Who pays the bill and how does Stagecoach get its money back for the X17.Ir Or it Gold now?
Whatever, it runs from Matlock to Sheffield via Chesterfield ...
It is a jolly good ride for £2, whoever actually pays for it!
Which reminds fbb. Are holders of "old fogey" cards re-imbursed as usual or do they become part of the £2 cheme?
Below, a picture of a bus manager happily discussing his finances with the DaFT ...