Bristol bus fares: New charges structure introduced

First Bus in Bristol
Image caption Young people are set to benefit from cheaper bus fares in Bristol

A new fares structure on many of Bristol's buses operated by First has come into operation.

It follows a campaign started by graphic designer Daniel Farr, 33, who called on the company to cut its fares and improve the service.

Two new zones - an inner (up to six miles from the city centre) and outer (six to 12 miles) are introduced.

Children aged five to 16 will get half-price fares on all single tickets within the inner zone.

Those aged between 16 and 21 will get a 30% discount on all single tickets within the inner zone - whether they are students or not.

There will also be cheaper prices for people travelling shorter distances, allowing passengers to travel for up to three miles for £1.50 and £2.50 for a journey of between three and six miles.

The new distance-related tickets relate to the distance the bus travels - rather than as the crow flies - and are only valid on one bus.

First said the new fares structure offered "greater transparency" for its customers.

The company has also introduced a number of changes to bus services in Bristol and North Somerset.

A full list of the changes can be found on First's website.

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