Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire has announced that it is lowering fares across Lancashire with significant savings for customers across the county.
The company, which recently introduced a £2 young persons’ dayrider ticket for people under-19, is now offering people aged 19 and under unlimited day travel throughout Lancashire for £4 – which would previously have cost £7.40.
Passengers in the Preston Citi Zone, which covers the Preston city area as far out as Lea, Penwortham and Nog Tow, will also benefit, with adult weekly tickets dropping in price from £10.50 to £9 and children’s tickets, for people under 16, falling from £8.50 to £6.
Stagecoach has also extended its Citi Zone to cover Longton, meaning the recent price cuts will benefit even more passengers. Adults who previously bought Preston Megarider tickets at £16 can now buy a Citi Zone ticket for £9, while children can benefit from a Citi Zone ticket costing £6 instead of the Preston Megarider ticket at £14. Under 16’s weekly megarider tickets in Chorley have also been cut from £7.50 to £6.
The company is also lowering fares across Wirral and St Helens. The changes follow the firm’s decision to roll out its existing Liverpool flat fare structure throughout Merseyside. Stagecoach has cut the cost of its adult single journeys in St Helens and Wirral to just £2, saving customers up to 90p per trip. Under 19s can enjoy an unlimited single journey for just £1. The fare changes came into effect on May 1st .
Journeys to and from Liverpool through the Mersey Tunnel will remain at £3 for adults and £1.50 for under 19’s. £1.50 adult and £80p under 19’s single fares will still be available for customers who have previously paid less than £2 for their local journeys in Wirral. Weekly megariders will remain at £13.50 throughout Merseyside with under 19’s weekly megariders priced at just £6.80.
Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire managing director, said: “While many operators are raising fare prices, we are committed to passing on savings to our customers, and we’re particularly pleased that our younger passengers will be able to benefit from these dramatic savings. One of the company’s key commitments is delivering affordable travel to the youngsters who often rely on our services to get from A to B, so it’s great to slashing ticket prices for this age group, while also making significant price cuts to many of our most popular adult tickets.”
Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire is the best value operator in England and is a market-leading company with over 1,200 staff and over 400 vehicles serving more than 42 million customers a year. The company is one of the UK’s most sustainable bus operators and has reduced carbon emissions by 30 per cent in the last five years. All Stagecoach vehicles are fitted with eco-driving systems which lower emissions and the company has shown the biggest commitment to using 100 per cent biofuel of any UK bus operator.
Some single and return journeys have increased by 10-30p. Visit stagecoachbus.com to see how this may affect your journey, or follow the company on twitter at @StagecoachMCSL for more information and company updates.