One-fare bus ticket plan proposed in Bristol and Bath

Cheaper bus tickets that can be used by passengers across different service operators could be introduced around Bristol and Bath.

The Competition Commission made the proposal after it found certain bus operators dominated the area.

The new scheme would mean a one-fare ticket could be used on any bus, whether operated by First, Wessex, Abus or another operator.

It is supported by Bristol City and Bath and North East Somerset Councils.

Executive member for transport at Bristol City Council, Tim Kent, said: "People want flexibility with their bus service and to be able to use different operators while not having to keep buying separate tickets."

His counterpart at Bath and North East Somerset Council, Richard Symonds, added: "In Bath we have a ticket that can be used across operators, but the fare rate was set too high by those operators.

"The Competition Commission is proposing to give us the ability to set the price so that it is competitive with the main operator's price. This is exactly what the public want."

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