Stagecoach West is extending its £2 bus fare offer until at least the end of June 2024, to encourage commuters to get out of the car and on to public transport to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
The leading bus operator is offering £2 single fares across 50,000 bus services across England, including a number of routes across Gloucestershire, as part of the National Bus Fare Cap scheme.
Around 84 million passengers have already taken advantage of the offer since it launched in January 2023 — and 23 per cent of Stagecoach's £2 ticket customers surveyed said they were making trips they wouldn't otherwise have made, thanks to the capped fare.
A similar number of customers also said they had taken the bus instead of driving their own car.
The National Bus Fare Cap scheme forms part of the government's Help for Households campaign to give people some much-needed respite during the cost of living crisis and boost local economies.
Stagecoach's chief executive officer, Claire Miles, said: 'We are delighted to continue our participation in the £2 fare offer until at least the end of June 2024, giving more people the chance to see where the bus can take them.
'Around 10 million people in England live within walking distance of one of our bus stops, so we’re hoping that people will take the opportunity to get out of their cars and give the bus a try for the bargain price of just £2 for a single ticket.'
Customers can buy £2 single tickets in advance on the Stagecoach Bus app or on the bus using contactless payment or cash.