A deal brokered between bus operators and City of York Council today will see the introduction of an ‘All York’ ticket which may be used on any bus, regardless of the operator.
The paper-based single ticket is the first step in the council’s commitment to ‘Get York Moving’ and follows “many months of negotiations, on the road towards a simpler, more user friendly bus service for York” according to Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Planning, Sustainability and Transport.
The ‘All York’ ticket can be purchased on any bus in the city and will go on sale from Sunday 1 July. Two products will be launched on this date:
- All York Day (£5 – adult day ticket)
- All York Family (£10 – a day ticket valid for up to five people, maximum two adults)
Whilst the ’All York’ adult day ticket represents good value for some journeys as a cheaper option to buying return tickets with two different bus operators, there are certain popular journeys who are seemingly out of scope. University of York students, for example, will still be forced to choose a single provider on their bus trips to campus from the city centre with a return priced at £2.
The bus operators included in the deal are: Arriva; Coastliner; East Yorkshire Motor Services; Eddie Brown Tours; First York; Harrogate Coach Travel; Reliance; Stephensons of Easingwold; Utopia.
Earlier this year we announced that bus journeys in York were set to take a turn for the better with news of a series of upgrades, under multi-million pound transport plans unveiled in February.
City of York Council had bid for an additional £2 million from the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Area Fund on top of the £4.6 million funding already secured for public transport, cycling and walking infrastructure in York across next four years.
Read all about the additional initiatives planned for York’s buses, including smart tickets, free wifi during journeys, and new interchanges.