Young people will soon be able to take advantage of the Northampton Buzz Card – a discount scheme allowing unlimited travel on most bus services in the town.
From Sunday 4 May, children under the age of 16 will be able to buy daily passes for £3.30, directly from the bus driver.
Also on 4 May, the prices for adult cards will be reviewed – for the first time in two years.
- Daily passes will increase from £4.20 to £4.30
- Weekly passes will increase from £15.50 to £16
- Monthly passes will increase from £51 to £52
The Northampton Buzz Partnership includes Northamptonshire County Council and the major bus operators in Northampton. Buses on buzz routes cover more than 10,000 miles every day.
Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This has been a very successful scheme and one which is very popular, particularly with regular bus users.
“I’m delighted that the initiative is going to be expanded so that young bus users will be able to take advantage of the reduced travel costs.
“And although we’ve had to increase adult fares slightly, this is the first price rise in two years. Unfortunately it has been necessary to do this to keep in line with the rising costs of delivering such a scheme.”
Where can I use my Buzz Card?
The Northampton Buzz Card can be used across Northampton, including Grange Park, Boughton and Moulton. Buzz Card is valid on most bus services run by Centrebus, Country Lion, Meridian Bus, Roy's Minibuses, Stagecoach, Uno and Z & S Transport.
The Northampton Buzz Card was introduced in 2006 to give passengers a bus ticket that allows them to make unlimited journeys on most bus services in Northampton.
The Buzz card represents good value when compared with purchasing separate day tickets from two different operators. It would benefit anyone who has to catch two buses from different operators to get to work. It also gives the flexibility for a passenger to catch the first bus that comes along if there is more than one operator on their route.