The coach fare was extended by £2 by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

The government has confirmed that the £2 cap on single bus fares will continue until 30 June.

The initiative was introduced on January 1 and was due to end at the end of March, but the Department for Transport has confirmed a three-month extension, with £155m of funding.

Dr. Nick Johnson.  Photo: Keith Hebel
Dr. Nick Johnson. Photo: Keith Hebel

It is designed to increase bus usage, which is down by about a quarter compared to before the pandemic.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Joint Authority upheld the decision.

Labor Mayor Dr Nick Johnson said: “I welcome this move by the government to make bus travel more accessible to everyone. Opening up travel will help grow the economy by allowing people to get to work and helping communities avoid social isolation and gain access to education and healthcare.

“I know from the emails I’ve received and the people I’ve spoken to how important buses are to our communities, and officers at the Joint Authority continue to consider all of our options for protecting them in the future.”

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