UPDATED: Fare overhaul for Weymouth bus services

Dorset Echo: Fare overhaul for Weymouth bus services Fare overhaul for Weymouth bus services

SOME bus fares are going up in Weymouth, Portland and west Dorset as the area’s main passenger transport provider announced a pricing overhaul.

First Dorset says the restructuring has come about because its system has become ‘complicated’ with passengers not getting best value for money. The changes come into effect on Saturday.

While the system is being simplified and some fares are coming down, there are concerns that passengers will be hit by fare hikes on certain journeys.

First is introducing ‘fare zones’ so passengers can buy one through ticket for their journey rather than several on each leg of their journey.

These will replace existing day tickets and give people the option of breaking journeys without paying extra.

In Weymouth the new fare zone – now just one ticket of £1.80 for a single fare or £3 for a return – would be the same price for people travelling from Littlemoor to the town centre or the shorter journey of Lodmoor to the town centre. But the same ticket could be used for onward travel to anywhere else within Weymouth.

Single fares in Weymouth are currently £1.40, £1.70 or £1.90.

Bus campaigner Jackie Isbell who set up a Facebook protest group amid concerns over First services, said she personally felt services have improved and buses are more reliable.

But she said of the restructuring: “While these changes may be better for some passengers it will hit those people who just want to go a few stops.

“There will be a lot of people upset by this.”

First says the changes, implemented after feedback, will result in many return journeys costing £1 more than a single journey of £2.50 and over.

General Manager for First Dorset Simon Newport said: “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 to make fares consistent throughout the region and to ensure that bus travel in Dorset remains excellent value for money.”

*First has been embroiled in a dispute with drivers from the Unite union over pay. Drivers will vote on a pay offer later this week.

Sample adult fares include

Any journey within Weymouth: single £1.80 and return £3

Weymouth to Portland: single £2.20, and return £3.50

Weymouth to Dorchester: single £3 and return £4

Weymouth to Bridport: single £4.50 and return £5.50

Sample child fares (aged 5-16) include

Weymouth journeys: single £1.20 and return £2.20

Weymouth to Portland: single £1.70 and return £2.50

Weymouth to Dorchester: single £2 and return £3

Weymouth to Bridport: single £3.50 and return £4.50

Period ticket changes include

Weymouth adult weekly tickets unaffected

Weymouth Plus adult weekly tickets unaffected

Weymouth child weekly tickets unaffected

Weymouth Plus child weekly tickets withdrawn

Weymouth adult monthly tickets will rise from £38 to £45

Weymouth Plus adult monthly tickets will rise from £50 to £55 Weymouth

Plus child monthly tickets will be withdrawn

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1:09pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Coxywey says...

Seriuosly there putting it up gain!!

They want people to use the public transport rather than drive but its actually dearer to do this, compared to other parts of the counrty the First fares are Extortionate.
Seriuosly there putting it up gain!! They want people to use the public transport rather than drive but its actually dearer to do this, compared to other parts of the counrty the First fares are Extortionate. Coxywey
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Mon 24 Feb 14

PortlandYoof says...

Haven't set foot on a bus in 5 years.

Don't plan on it until they prize my driving license from my cold, dead hands!

All I ever read in the news is stories of buses catching fire, breaking down or fare increases - Way to go, first! :-)
Haven't set foot on a bus in 5 years. Don't plan on it until they prize my driving license from my cold, dead hands! All I ever read in the news is stories of buses catching fire, breaking down or fare increases - Way to go, first! :-) PortlandYoof
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

RifRafDac says...

Stop moaning and get a taxi OR WALK! Most of you get the service free of charge anyway.
Stop moaning and get a taxi OR WALK! Most of you get the service free of charge anyway. RifRafDac
  • Score: 4

2:03pm Mon 24 Feb 14

PortlandYoof says...

RifRafDac wrote:
Stop moaning and get a taxi OR WALK! Most of you get the service free of charge anyway.
Easy tiger... I'm in my mid 20's and would rather be dragged along behind a car tied to a piece of rope by my face than use a bus, even if it were for free. By the time I apply for my free bus pass, we'll be using magical nuclear hovertransport-type vehicles anyway ;-)
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: Stop moaning and get a taxi OR WALK! Most of you get the service free of charge anyway.[/p][/quote]Easy tiger... I'm in my mid 20's and would rather be dragged along behind a car tied to a piece of rope by my face than use a bus, even if it were for free. By the time I apply for my free bus pass, we'll be using magical nuclear hovertransport-type vehicles anyway ;-) PortlandYoof
  • Score: 8

2:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

RifRafDac says...

In all seriousness it is ridiculous! An extra 10p makes a huge difference it seems.
In all seriousness it is ridiculous! An extra 10p makes a huge difference it seems. RifRafDac
  • Score: 7

2:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Hippyhooker says...

When the drivers hold the public to ransom someone has to pay and it's always the public, way to go strikers.
When the drivers hold the public to ransom someone has to pay and it's always the public, way to go strikers. Hippyhooker
  • Score: -3

3:45pm Mon 24 Feb 14

jjlad2 says...

Last Month, it was all about striking to safe guard drivers T&Cs, they succeded, now Joe public has to pay for it.

Will stay with the car thanks until it pays to use public transport.
Last Month, it was all about striking to safe guard drivers T&Cs, they succeded, now Joe public has to pay for it. Will stay with the car thanks until it pays to use public transport. jjlad2
  • Score: -4

3:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

islandman says...

It reads Weymouth to Portland £1.70 and £3.50 to come back!!!!!!

as do all the fare examples.
It reads Weymouth to Portland £1.70 and £3.50 to come back!!!!!! as do all the fare examples. islandman
  • Score: 0

4:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

counsel4council says...

So taxi from town to home is £4.50 for 2 adults and 2 kids, or £6 by bus. Well done First!
So taxi from town to home is £4.50 for 2 adults and 2 kids, or £6 by bus. Well done First! counsel4council
  • Score: 14

4:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

I don't get this at all. So are they scrapping day tickets? The lying manager drivels about " we decided that introducing simpler fares would result in less hassle for our customers.", but from what it seems to say, the fare to Dorchester is going up by 60p. That's not less hassle, it's more hassle, you stupid man.
I don't get this at all. So are they scrapping day tickets? The lying manager drivels about " we decided that introducing simpler fares would result in less hassle for our customers.", but from what it seems to say, the fare to Dorchester is going up by 60p. That's not less hassle, it's more hassle, you stupid man. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 5

4:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

cosmick says...

My mate works for first buses and he tells me they are not really interested in buses but other area of transport like trains, but if you can milk money from buses they will do it.
It has nothing to do with the strikes at Weymouth, anyway there cause was justified.
JUST GREED.
My mate works for first buses and he tells me they are not really interested in buses but other area of transport like trains, but if you can milk money from buses they will do it. It has nothing to do with the strikes at Weymouth, anyway there cause was justified. JUST GREED. cosmick
  • Score: 1

5:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

peskykat says...

i use the buses alot and i pay my fare which i am happy to do as i consider it good value , most travellers don't pay hence the changes in fare prices.
I would like to travel by train like i used to years ago - far to expensive nowadays even just to Dorchester !! As for taxi's i dislike them - have lost count of the amount of times they have "cut me up" when i have gone
over the town bridge to Asda and they have gone left down towards Hope Square , etc. I would only use a taxi as a last resort .
i use the buses alot and i pay my fare which i am happy to do as i consider it good value , most travellers don't pay hence the changes in fare prices. I would like to travel by train like i used to years ago - far to expensive nowadays even just to Dorchester !! As for taxi's i dislike them - have lost count of the amount of times they have "cut me up" when i have gone over the town bridge to Asda and they have gone left down towards Hope Square , etc. I would only use a taxi as a last resort . peskykat
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Mon 24 Feb 14

repiano says...

Get real all those who say "oh just walk, get a taxi, etc." Who on earth walks say eight miles of a morning and eight miles back in the evening to do their work each day? Some of us don't live within a realistic walking distance of the workplace and if we don't drive, we can't suddenly use a car or magically take lessons and pass a test! Public transport should be affordable and in this country it is not so. I've traveled around Europe a lot and am amazed at how cheap it is to use public transport compared to UK prices.
Nurses live on Portland and rely on the bus to get to work. Families rely on buses to take children to school and must travel both directions there and back with little ones. Gone are the days when we lived right next to work/school. There is talk of withdrawing the current DAY TICKET option. This will affect some users hugely. These changes take place in just a few days......
Get real all those who say "oh just walk, get a taxi, etc." Who on earth walks say eight miles of a morning and eight miles back in the evening to do their work each day? Some of us don't live within a realistic walking distance of the workplace and if we don't drive, we can't suddenly use a car or magically take lessons and pass a test! Public transport should be affordable and in this country it is not so. I've traveled around Europe a lot and am amazed at how cheap it is to use public transport compared to UK prices. Nurses live on Portland and rely on the bus to get to work. Families rely on buses to take children to school and must travel both directions there and back with little ones. Gone are the days when we lived right next to work/school. There is talk of withdrawing the current DAY TICKET option. This will affect some users hugely. These changes take place in just a few days...... repiano
  • Score: 7

7:47pm Mon 24 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

It really doesn't seem very clear at all; from their website: "these tickets will replace the existing day tickets and means that customers have the choice of breaking their journey without paying anything extra"; but does that mean just on the route they bought the ticket on, or can it be used on all routes within the area like the day tickets?
It really doesn't seem very clear at all; from their website: "these tickets will replace the existing day tickets and means that customers have the choice of breaking their journey without paying anything extra"; but does that mean just on the route they bought the ticket on, or can it be used on all routes within the area like the day tickets? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 3

7:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

It's also of note that Mr. Newport, according the website, only took up the job 5 days ago: "First Dorset appoints new General Manager

Wednesday 19 February 2014

First Dorset has appointed Simon Newport as its new General Manager. He will be in charge of overseeing the bus company’s operations, engineering and commercial activities in the area, which covers Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Yeovil."

the New Broom syndrome again?
It's also of note that Mr. Newport, according the website, only took up the job 5 days ago: "First Dorset appoints new General Manager Wednesday 19 February 2014 First Dorset has appointed Simon Newport as its new General Manager. He will be in charge of overseeing the bus company’s operations, engineering and commercial activities in the area, which covers Poole, Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Yeovil." the New Broom syndrome again? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 1

8:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Joe_Bloggs says...

50% increase in fares for me !!!!
I usually buy a 3month Weymouth adult ticket for £90 now I have to buy 3 tickets at £45 each.
How unfair and greedy can a firm get I pay them in advance and suddenly this type of ticket is withdrawn, it must be even more of an increase for those that can afford to buy annual tickets. I have checked others areas that First cover and annual tickets are readily available.
Why is it that we are been hit with such increases to cover a pay rise for drivers !!!
50% increase in fares for me !!!! I usually buy a 3month Weymouth adult ticket for £90 now I have to buy 3 tickets at £45 each. How unfair and greedy can a firm get I pay them in advance and suddenly this type of ticket is withdrawn, it must be even more of an increase for those that can afford to buy annual tickets. I have checked others areas that First cover and annual tickets are readily available. Why is it that we are been hit with such increases to cover a pay rise for drivers !!! Joe_Bloggs
  • Score: 4

9:08pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

People using the bus are the least likely to be able to accommodate a rise in costs. They are most likely to be in debt and struggling , and most importantly most likely to have had frozen wages. I'm not debating the rights and wrongs of that, but if your trying to efficiently run a bus service, pricing a load of your customers out of the service is not sensible. Tell me I'm wrong?
People using the bus are the least likely to be able to accommodate a rise in costs. They are most likely to be in debt and struggling , and most importantly most likely to have had frozen wages. I'm not debating the rights and wrongs of that, but if your trying to efficiently run a bus service, pricing a load of your customers out of the service is not sensible. Tell me I'm wrong? Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: 7

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