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Stagecoach South West has announced return fares on Barnstaple buses will be scrapped

By NDJLauren  |  Posted: October 17, 2016


The new zone covers the popular North Devon Wave route 21

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Stagecoach South West has today announced that return fares on Barnstaple buses will be scrapped by the end of the month.

From Sunday, October 30, Stagecoach's North Devon fare zones will be adapted to incorporate a new ticket zone called Barnstaple Plus.

The new zone covers the popular North Devon Wave route 21 between Bideford, Barnstaple and Braunton, the 19 between Bideford and North Devon Hospital, and all other routes on that corridor including the 5B, 75B, and the 75/75A between Bideford and Atlantic Village.

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A new reduced price ticket, Dayrider Plus (£3.50 instead of £3.90), will replace return fares. Unlimited travel for up to 7 days will remain at £12.50.

In the Barnstaple Town zone, return fares will be withdrawn and replaced with just three single fares (£1.00, £1.20 or £1.50) plus day and weekly tickets.

This change comes in advance of improvements to the Barnstaple town service 8 due to commence on January 3, to help pay for increased frequencies to Whiddon Valley and Rose Lane, and ensure the on-going viability of the rest of the services.

Return fares will continue to be available for the wider North Devon area and there will be increases to North Devon Dayrider and Megarider prices, reflecting the introduction of the newer, more compact travel zone.

Dayriders will cost £3 (Barnstaple), £3.50 (Barnstaple Plus) and £4.20 (North Devon).

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Weekly Megariders will cost £10 (Barnstaple), £12.50 (Barnstaple Plus) and £15 (North Devon).

13 and 52 week tickets and Termrider tickets will only be available for the North Devon zone.

Robert Williams, commercial director for Stagecoach South West, said: "We are introducing the changes to support the on-going viability of our North Devon network.

"We believe the new Barnstaple Plus zone will be particularly popular with our customers by providing unlimited travel across three of the main towns in the area.

"We are also conscious of the feedback received regarding our town services in Barnstaple since the last changes, and need to set ourselves up to deliver them."

Full details of the changes are available in the service updates section at www.stagecoachbus.com.

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  • PlymTransit  |  October 18 2016, 12:31PM

    "why are they not putting electric and eco-biologically powered buses onto the roads..." - quite simple really - they cost too much. They can justify the additional cost on high use city routes where they can get the investment back but its a lot harder in rural areas where many routes are struggling to make money anyway. The govt were at one time subsidising the purchase of new zero emission buses but this scheme seems to have stopped a while back.

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  • Reeva  |  October 17 2016, 8:33PM

    I feel certain this will ultimately raise them more revenue that the existing tariffs, but I can see why... as earlier today I was stuck behind one of their stinking, smoky, diesel powered buses - which quite obviously needed money spent on it ... and why are they not putting electric and eco-biologically powered buses onto the roads...

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