Ministerial launch for capped bus ticket trial in Cornwall

Minister for Buses Baroness Vere has launched a county-wide ‘Tap & Cap’ pilot scheme that aims to save money for bus customers in Cornwall. The scheme implements a cap on daily and weekly fares. Passengers tap their card when they get on the bus, and tap again when they alight, and are charged the correct fare automatically. Regardless of the number of journeys taken in a day customers will not pay more than £5 and no more than £20 for a week.

Baroness Vere says: “At a time when many people are feeling the pinch, every potential saving matters. That is why we have provided more than £23million to help look at ways to make local bus services more affordable.

“The brilliant “Tap & Cap” pilot will not only help reduce travel costs for people across Cornwall but will also help encourage greater use of more sustainable ways of transport, while helping create a truly integrated local bus network.”

Richard Stevens, managing director, Go South West, adds: “As the county’s largest bus operator, operating over 100 routes and carrying 90,000 passengers per week – we’re proud to be part of the latest initiative to save customers money and encourage people to switch from their cars to the bus – increasing the use of public transport. Together, as part of Transport for Cornwall we must continue to invest in change to make sure customers get the service they deserve.