Stagecoach has announced that there will be NO increase to its bus fares in Cumbria and North Lancashire during 2016. Fares that last rose in March 2015 will remain unchanged for the rest of the year at least.
Also, the Young Persons' Dayrider ticket, giving unlimited travel for a day in the Bay Dayrider Zone for just £2, which was introduced on a trail basis in January, has now been made a permanent feature of the company's fares offer. Young Persons' Dayriders are available to anyone under 19 years of age and can be bought on the bus.
From Sunday 24th April, holders of Young Persons' Dayriders will be able to "upgrade" them to allow travel throughout the Lancashire Dayrider zone for an extra £2 (i.e. at a fare of £4 for a ticket that costs £7.40 full price and which has not previously had a reduction for children). This ticket is advertised as being valid on all Stagecoach services in "Lancashire" although it's a version of "Lancashire" that includes Southport, Liverpool, Wigan and Bolton but not Manchester. Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale however appear to have been given honorary "Lancashire" status as far as this ticket is concerned.
There doesn't appear to be a definitive map of the Lancashire Dayrider zone anywhere on Stagecoach's website but we have tracked down this unbelievably complex and user-unfriendly document on the Merseyside and South Lancs site. The Lancashire Dayrider is said to be Zone 12 (although zone 12 on the map excludes Southport and Liverpool - and for that matter Lancaster!)