‘Delighted’: First to extend initiative which reduces bus fares for hard pressed commuters in Oldham

By Andrew Bardsley

A scheme which has introduced cheaper bus tickets in the Oldham area will be continued after proving popular with commuters.

First has announced it will continue the cut price day and week tickets within the M60 Ring Road and between Oldham and Manchester city centre.

The cheaper fares have encouraged more commuters to use public transport since they were introduced in November.

Simon Pearson, Commercial Director for First in Greater Manchester, said: “This further price promotion is good news for many bus users in Greater Manchester and proves First’s commitment to growing the number of people who use buses in the region.

“We have seen encouraging signs of growth so far and we are extending the promotion while we look at long term offers on the range of fares we have.  

“We will monitor the success of this offer and, if popular with our customers, then we will consider rolling it out to other parts of the First bus network in Greater Manchester.”

A FirstDayM60/Oldham is 60p cheaper than a regular £4.50 FirstDay ticket, and a FirstWeekM60/Oldham saves commuters £5 in comparison to the standard £18 First Week pass.

Councillor Sean Fielding, Assistant Cabinet Member for Oldham Council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see First Bus extend this scheme.

“As a Co-operative Council we have worked constructively in partnership with First and TfGM in recent months to secure more affordable fares for our residents.

“We’ve long believed that reduced fares can help to stimulate more use of public transport, which is beneficial for all – and the results from the initial reduced fare period appear to indicate this approach is working.

“The extension of this offer from First also helps to put savings back into residents’ pockets, which will benefit the local economy.”

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