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First Bus Make Major Changes To Fares And Ticket System

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10:05am 25th February 2014
(Updated 10:07am 25th February 2014)

Bus fares on some routes operated by First in Weymouth are going up.

The bus company has announced a major overhaul of its fares and ticket system in Dorset.

From 1 March the region is now being split into zones, which means you buy just one ticket for your journey.

First say many return routes will cost £1 more than a single journey of £2.50.

But a Weymouth plus adult monthly ticket is going up from £50 to £55.

Commenting on the restructuring, Simon Newport, General Manager, First Dorset, said: "Our fares system had become extremely complicated and often resulted in our customers not always getting the best value for money because of the confusion this has caused.

"Having consulted our Dorset customer groups, they said many passengers found it very difficult to work out which was the right ticket for their journey. Having considered their feedback, we decided that introducing simpler fares would result in less hassle for our customers.

"To this end, we have completely overhauled the way our fares are structured to make it more user-friendly and easier for First's customers to understand. There will be fare increases on some services but this is necessary to make fares consistent throughout the region and to ensure that bus travel in Dorset remains excellent value for money."
Sample adult fares include.

Any journey within Weymouth. Single £1.80, Return £3
Weymouth to Portland. Single £2.20, Return £3.50
Weymouth to Dorchester. Single £3.00, Return £4.00
Weymouth to Bridport. Single £4.50, Return £5.50
Weymouth to Lyme Regis, Single £6.00, Return £7.00
Weymouth to Poole, Single £6.00, Return £7.00
Weymouth to Exeter, Single £8.00, Return £9.00
Dorchester to Bridport, Single £3.50, Return £4.50
Dorchester to Portland, Single £4.50, Return £5.50
Dorchester to Axminster, Single £5.00, Return £6.00
Bridport to Lyme Regis, Single £3.50, Return £4.50
Bridport to Axminster, Single £4.00, Return £5.00
Lyme Regis to Seaton, Single £3.00, Return £4.00
Lyme Regis to Axminster, Single £3.00, Return £4.00
Lyme Regis to Exeter, Single £7.00, Return £8.00
Exeter to Poole, Single £9.00, Return £10.00

Sample child fares (aged 5-16) include:

Weymouth to Weymouth, Single £1.20, Return, £2.20
Weymouth to Portland, Single £1.70, Return, £2.50
Weymouth to Dorchester, Single £2.00, Return £3.00
Weymouth to Bridport, Single £3.50, Return £4.50
Weymouth to Lyme Regis, Single £4.00, Return £5.00
Weymouth to Exeter, Single £4.00, Return £5.00
Dorchester to Bridport, Single £2.50, Return £3.50
Dorchester to Portland, Single £3.00, Return £4.00
Dorchester to Lyme Regis, Single £3.50, Return £4.50
Dorchester to Axminster, Single £4.00, Return £5.00
Bridport to Lyme Regis, Single £2.50, Return £3.50
Bridport to Axminster, Single £3.00, Return £4.00
Lyme Regis to Axminster, Single £2.00, Return £3.00
Lyme Regis to Seaton, Single £2.00, Return £3.00
Lyme Regis to Exeter, Single £4.00, Return £5.00
Exeter to Poole, Single £4.00, Return £5.00

Period ticket changes include:

Weymouth adult weekly tickets will remain the same price at £13.
Weymouth Plus adult weekly tickets will remain the same at £16.
Weymouth child weekly tickets will remain the same at £11
Weymouth Plus child weekly tickets will be withdrawn
Weymouth adult monthly tickets will rise from £38 to £45
Weymouth Plus adult monthly tickets will rise from £50 to £55
Weymouth and Weymouth Plus child monthly tickets will be withdrawn

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