Any Ticket Any Bus
4 months ago
Bus companies in Cornwall have come together and will now accept each other’s tickets, a game-changing development for customers across the county who will now be able to jump on and off any bus no matter who it’s operated by – it’s any ticket, any bus.
Previously passengers who bought a return or a multi-journey ticket would be restricted to only using the same company’s bus services from whom it was purchased, but from the beginning of this month they can now use that same ticket on any bus operator within Cornwall. Passengers will be able to use their bus ticket on Cornwall by Kernow, Go Cornwall Bus, Stagecoach, Hopleys, OTS and Travel Cornwall.
The good news continues too, as all young people under 19 will now benefit from half price fares seeing local town zone fares drop to just £1.50 a day. The any ticket, any bus initiative, which is led by the Transport for Cornwall partnership, has truly opened up the bus network for residents across the region offering greater convenience and cheaper travel.
Picture: L to R back - Cornwall by Kernow Driver Dave Chiplin, Stagecoach Driver Brian Young, Go Cornwall Bus Drivers Anna-Marie Bradshaw and John Richards. L to R front - Richard Stevens Managing Director Go Cornwall Bus, Simon Goff Managing Director Cornwall by Kernow and Cornwall by Kernow Driver Anna Barbagallo.
Richard Stevens, Managing Director of Go Cornwall Bus said, "This is a big first step to better value bus travel in Cornwall. Not only does this make traveling around Cornwall by bus easier, for many it will make it cheaper. We are looking forward to working with the other Transport for Cornwall partners to deliver more exciting projects in 2022".
Simon Goff, Managing Director for Cornwall by Kernow went on to explain: “This partnership is truly innovative we’re all coming together with one clear aim, to make things easier for customers across the county. Our future plans will help transform public transport in Cornwall and we’re really proud to be a part of it. Any ticket any bus is just the start!”
Mike Watson, Managing Director for Stagecoach South West added: “Stagecoach is delighted to be an integral part of the Cornwall network. It is great that we are now accepting other operator tickets for travel within Cornwall, and that our tickets are now valid on other operators buses too.”
Transport for Cornwall is made up of local bus and train operators and Cornwall Council, all working together aiming to deliver a transport network that’s simple to use, great quality and even better value for money; with the overall goal of seeing the county take more and more green journeys.
Over the next few months, the operators, along with Cornwall Council, will be introducing a variety of schemes including a bus fares pilot backed by the Department for Transport which will see fares reduce further across the county.
Picture: L to R – Richard Stevens Managing Director Go Cornwall Bus, Simon Goff Managing Director Cornwall by Kernow
Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “The efforts of our bus operators in working together to deliver better value tickets for residents is a great step forward. Better value fares are central to the Council’s recently developed Bus Service Improvement Plan, developed in partnership with operators. This is the first step on a journey which will see buses fully support the delivery of a low carbon Cornwall and provide vital, affordable connections for our communities.”
In addition, the partnership will be rolling out tap on/tap off technology which will make sure customers always get the very best value fare for the journeys they make. 2022 is already shaping up to be a big year for buses in Cornwall.
For further information about Transport for Cornwall visit www.transportforcornwall.co.uk
The any ticket any bus scheme does exclude Truro and Penwith College and Callywith College passes, Falmouth & Exeter University passes and use on Truro Park & Ride.