The £2 bus fare scheme that caps fares on single journeys has been extended until December 2024, and includes most services in Northumberland.
Network North, the official document outlining the government's strategy for public transport in the north of England after announcing that the HS2 project will not continue north of Birmingham, states that the £2 bus fare will be kept until the end of 2024. The cap was initially due to be lifted at the end of October, but is being continued due to its success. The plan states: "Buses are our most used and loved form of public transport, and following the success of the fare this year we will maintain the £2 fare to help bus users around the country until the end of next year"
Cllr Guy Renner Thompson, Northumberland County Council's Cabinet Member for Inspiring Young People said:
“This will change young people’s lives, especially in rural areas. For many the bus is the only way to get around. It will allow more young people to access services that they can’t necessarily get in their own communities.
"Affordable bus transport will help us deliver on our goal of reducing inequalities across the county."
Hexham MP Guy Opperman said:
"The £2 bus fare cap was supposed to finish at the end of this month. But this week, the cap was extended until the end of 2024, meaning cheaper bus journeys for families across Tynedale and Ponteland. This means more people shopping in our towns and supporting our local businesses.
"I know how important reliable and affordable bus journeys are for so many residents across Northumberland and I will continue to fight for cheaper public transport.
"Improving our roads and transport is one of my six priorities for Tynedale and Ponteland. Keeping public transport as cheap as possible delivers on this priority."