Transport Focus survey reveals impact of £2 bus fare cap on cost-of-living

Posted: 8 February 2023 | | No comments yet

According to Transport Focus’ latest survey, the UK government’s £2 fare cap has encouraged more people to travel by bus, with over 70% of passengers satisfied with the value for money.

Transport Focus survey reveals impact of £2 bus fare cap on cost-of-living

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The independent transport watchdog, Transport Focus, has announced that it has conducted a survey of over 1000 people to understand the impact of the £2 bus fare cap on the cost-of-living.

The survey has found that 53% of respondents are aware of the new fare, with a higher number (two-thirds) of regular bus users aware of it. In total, 7% of those surveyed had said that they are using the bus more often due to the £2 fare, while 32% said that they might use buses more but haven’t already.

Furthermore, the latest Bus User Survey report shows that 73% of bus passengers are satisfied with the value for money, the highest since the survey had first began in September 2021.

David Sidebottom, Director of Transport Focus, said: “Bus passengers tell us they want simpler, better value for money fares. Many are facing particular financial challenges at the moment. The £2 bus fare is a welcome step to help attract passengers back on-board and or encourage non-users to give bus a go. While it’s still early days, these results are encouraging. We will continue to talk to bus passengers and use our insight to help government and industry focus efforts on what matters most.”

The role of bus amidst a cost-of-living crisis

Passenger thoughts

Some passengers said that they are travelling more due to the £2 fare​:

“My usual return fare to the nearest town is £9.60, so to be able to do the same journey for £4 for a while is amazing. I have no car, so am reliant on buses, so this is a great incentive to have and will give me more mobility and options, whilst saving money also.”

Some people said that they might use buses more:

“It used to be extortionate to get from my house in the outer suburbs to the town centre and not value for money as it’s only a 15 minute ride, but now I feel it is fair.”

“I’m aware of my spending in the cost-of-living crisis, and capping the bus fare would make me less concerned about racking up larger bus fees.”

Some passengers said that it would make no difference to their use of buses​:

“From where I live, a £4 return journey is still more expensive than using a car park in town.”

“Buses aren’t reliable, so I go by car so I know I will get there on time.”

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