THE popular £2 bus fare cap for single journeys will be extended for three months.
In a win for millions of Brits, cheap fares outside of London will continue until June 30.
Transport Secretary Mark Harper has committed an extra £75 million to the Get Around for £2 scheme so operators can help with the financial squeeze.
It will save consumers around 80p per ride into the Summer.
Transport for London journeys already have a pay-as-you-go flat rate of £1.65 if made within an hour.
The Department for Transport is also investing £80 million between April and July to protect rural services struggling with numbers.
Bus occupancy is only at 85-90 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, causing companies to weigh up scrapping routes.
Rishi Sunak said: “I want to make bus travel affordable for all, that’s why we’re continuing to cap fares at £2 and protecting local routes, ensuring we have a modern and efficient network that’s accessible for everyone.
“Getting more people onto reliable and affordable buses will strengthen communities and help grow the economy – connecting people to jobs, driving pensioners to see friends and family, and helping people attend medical appointments or access education.
Mr Harper added: “Travelling by bus remains the most popular option for commuters and families across the country, but the sector is still trying to recover after the end of the pandemic.
“We’re providing £155 million to help passengers save money on fares, get more people on the bus and protect vital bus routes – helping with the cost of living and enabling people to get where they need to in an affordable and convenient way.”
Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: “We know that around a half rely on the bus with no other option available to them, so this funding is welcome news.
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“We also know that bus passengers want simpler, better value for money fares. Many are facing particular financial challenges at the moment.
"The extension of the £2 fare bus fare is a welcome step to help attract passengers back on board and or encourage non-users to give bus a go. Our recent data shows that satisfaction with value for money has increased since the £2 trial.”
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