National Express West Midlands has announced today that it will continue to participate in the UK Government’s Help For Household scheme that sees bus fares for a single journey capped at £2.
The current phase of the scheme was due to end on 31st October, after which the Government would have raised the cap to £2.50.
Following intervention by the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak a couple of weeks ago, the Government announced that the cap would remain at £2 until at least the end of December 2023.
A spokesperson for National Express West Midlands, said: “Bus is by far the most popular form of public transport in the West Midlands so it is great to see this investment which will benefit hundreds of thousands of people every day. We will continue to participate in the Government’s £2 single fare cap extension until the end of the year.
“We will work closely with Transport for West Midlands and the Department for Transport to review the terms of the funding allocation to ensure we can protect our bus network and deliver a reliable service for our customers.”“National Express makes major announcement on bus fares across Midlands” – Birmingham Mail, 24th October 2023
The price of a single journey fare was increased in July 2023 from £2.40 to £2.70, but thanks to the fare-cap scheme will not now take effect until at least next year.
Passengers who make more than two journeys a day will find that an nBus day ticket is even better value at £4.50.