|...and then three come along at once!
There's a well-known saying that goes: "You wait ages for a bus...and then three come along at once." Now it seems the same thing is happening to fares reductions, although you could be forgiven for not knowing.
On 1st January, as part of a government scheme, all single bus fares were capped at a maximum of £2 per single journey. It's fair to say that there was some publicity about this from the government, whilst the Bus Users' Group also did it's bit to promote the scheme.
But now, we hear that two more fares initiatives, this time confined to Lancashire, are to start this Monday, 30th January as part of Lancashire's Bus Service Improvement Plan, but publicity for these is even harder to find.
This is what we think we know:
£1 Evening Fare
All bus fares throughout Lancaster District and the rest of administrative Lancashire are reduced to £1 for journeys starting at or after 7pm (19.00hrs) every day of the week. If you get on the bus at or after 7pm you will pay no more than £1 for any bus journey within administrative Lancashire.
The only excluded journeys we can immediately think of locally are on service 555, where the £1 fare would only take you to the county boundary and not to Burton-in-Kendal or beyond, although we are unsure whether it applies to the full route of services 81 and 82, including the short section between the county boundary and Kirkby Lonsdale.
Bus services operated by Blackpool Transport aren't included, except the 74 and 75 that are operated under contract to the council, but we are assuming that the £1 fare will be available on evening buses in the Blackpool area that are run by other bus companies, such as Stagecoach's 42 to Lancaster.