Good news for Island bus passengers as £2 price cap scheme is extended

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The fare cap was expected to end on March 31 (Image: The Royal Mint/Isle of Wight County Press)

BUS passengers on the Isle of Wight will continue to be able to travel on any single journey across the Island for £2 or less until the end of June, after the Government scheme was extended by three months.

Southern Vectis signed up for the Department for Transport scheme, which restricts the cost of a single ticket, at the beginning of the year.

The fare cap was expected to end on March 31 but has now been extended to June 30.

Isle of Wight County Press: The government plans to provide up to £75 million, so bus operators can continue the scheme
Isle of Wight County Press: The government plans to provide up to £75 million, so bus operators can continue the scheme

The government plans to provide up to £75 million, so bus operators can continue the scheme (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

Andrew Wickham, Southern Vectis managing director, said: “I am delighted to confirm that Southern Vectis will continue to offer the £2 fare cap – in line with the government’s announcement that the initiative will be extended.

“This is about encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and choose sustainable transport instead. Like the government, we want to help reduce congestion and improve air quality across the Isle of Wight.”

The Island bus provider recently announced an investment of £1.7 million in seven new double-decker vehicles.

Isle of Wight County Press: Rishi Sunak outside Cowes Harbour Commission in August 2022
Isle of Wight County Press: Rishi Sunak outside Cowes Harbour Commission in August 2022

Rishi Sunak outside Cowes Harbour Commission in August 2022 (Image: Pamela Parker)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “I want to make bus travel affordable for all, that’s why we’re continuing to cap fares at £2 and protecting local routes, ensuring we have a modern and efficient network that’s accessible for everyone.

“Getting more people onto reliable and affordable buses will strengthen communities and help grow the economy – connecting people to jobs, driving pensioners to see friends and family, and helping people attend medical appointments or access education.

“I’m determined to ensure that no matter where you live, you have the same opportunities to get around easily and can feel pride in your local area – which is why protecting our local bus services is so important.”

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