Daniel vows to keep up the pressure over bus services

November 29 2013

WORK is not yet over for a campaigner who has recently been successful in lobbying First buses to reduce their fares.

WORK is not yet over for a campaigner who has recently been successful in lobbying First buses to reduce their fares.
Daniel Farr, founder of the Make Fares Fair campaign, believes that there is "still work to be done" to improve public transport in Bristol.
He said: "We need to introduce smart cards across the board, which would help make bus travel quicker and easier for both passengers and bus drivers."
Mr Farr, 33, would also like to see better disabled access, lower bus fares for those living outside the city and more transparency with costs.
He added: "We believe these measures would give Bristol the decent and affordable bus services it deserves."
Mr Farr's petition to reduce bus fares received over 4,000 signatures.
First Bus announced their decision to reduce fares early October, and was implemented on November 3. Three-stop hops are now £1 and single tickets within a 3-mile radius are £1.50. First have also replaced the three original zones, with an inner and outer zone. However, the bus company has scrapped return fares, therefore making it more expensive for some.
Mr Farr said: "I am very pleased with the fare changes First have made thanks to pressure from the Make Fares Fair campaign, and the savings they will make to children, students and bus users living inside the new inner zone.
"We feel the fare reductions are a big step in the right direction by the bus operator, and I would like to thank First's management for listening to what customers said in the public consultation."
He added: "But we will continue to campaign to get the further changes we want made to improve Bristol's bus services."

To keep up to date with the Make Fares Fair campaign, visit: www.bristolbususers.co.uk

First bus on Gloucester Road