Conservative Councillors in Bath have welcomed the news that discussions are to start with local bus operators about the introduction of a multi-operator ticket scheme in the city.
This scheme, which was first suggested by Conservative Councillors Malcolm Lees and Colin Barrett, would mean that passengers could purchase a day ticket which would be valid for use on different operators buses. The move was sparked after Wessex Connect took over the operating of the 20A/C route following cuts by First Bus.
Conservative Councillor Malcolm Lees, whose ward of Weston is served by the 20A/C bus, welcomed the news, saying:
“I would like to thank Cllr Gerrish and Council Officers for the hard work they are putting into making bus travel easier and more flexible for passengers.
“It was a major blow to local residents when First withdrew the 20A and C service so I’m very pleased that finding an alternative operator was made such a high priority.
“Along with Conservative colleagues, I first highlighted the possibility of introducing a multi-operator ticket as we saw it as a way making public transport more convenient and attractive. I also hope that this type of ticket scheme can help encourage other bus companies who may want to set up in Bath, so I am pleased to see the plans progressing.”