Monday 21 August 2023
With the States of Guernsey needing to reduce costs further and all committees tasked with doing so, the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure is proposing several changes to bus fares.
These changes will also help to offset the increased cost of the bus contract caused by high inflation.
Having not increased the standard daytime journey fare and the pay as you go 'PuffinPass' for more than 18 months, the Committee is proposing the following new costs:
Standard daytime journey fare
Unlimited weekly pass
7-day family pass
In addition, to simplify the products on offer and to ensure consistency, the Committee is proposing that the unlimited monthly pass is withdrawn. However, to help those in possession of a monthly pass, holders would be able to exchange this for a free pay-as-you-go 'PuffinPass' which would normally cost £4.00.
The proposed changes outlined above would come into effect on 1st October 2023.
Due to high demand for buses at peak times and the need to facilitate bus income, the Committee is also proposing to permit free travel only after 9.30am for those aged 65 and over. This will be Monday to Friday: free bus travel for over 65s will still be available anytime on weekends and bank holidays, excluding night bus services (as is the case now). This will encourage free bus travel at quieter times and ensure buses running at peak times, where there is high demand, are prioritised for fare-paying customers.
The Committee is also proposing that the age at which this concession applies is aligned with the Guernsey state pension age. It is proposed that these changes would take effect from 1st January 2024.
Islanders are invited to comment on the proposed changes by no later than Wednesday 6th September 2023. Any comments should be emailed to email@example.com or posted to The Senior Passenger Transport Officer, Driver & Vehicle Licensing, Edward T Wheadon House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, GY1 3WH.