‘It’s about time you need a doctorate to understand buses’: what a single £ 1.55 ticket could mean for commuters in Manchester

Greater Manchester commuters backed Andy Burnham’s call for a standard £ 1.55 bus ticket.

A single 20-minute bus ride from Middleton to Manchester city center can cost £ 4.50, compared to £ 1.55 for a London hopper ticket.

And many say that the price difference has a real impact on their lives.

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In London, the Hopper fare allows unlimited rides for £ 1.55, if taken within an hour of touching it in an Oyster or contactless card.

The capital has twice as many buses per capita as Greater Manchester, and metro trains have 20 times the capacity of Metrolink trams.

Signs at the Shudehill Bus Interchange

Manchester Evening News spoke to passengers at the Shudehill Bus Interchange, Manchester Victoria Station and Newton Heath and Moston Tram Station about the proposal.

A photo of Shudehill Bus Station.
Shudehill Bus Station.

NHS worker Molly Fitzpatrick said: “Ddefinitively, [the £1.55 price] would make me happy.

“Bus tickets are too expensive. It would help me 100% on a weekly basis.

“I spend around £ 7 a day on bus tickets, so a price of £ 1.55 would be good.”

A photo of a passenger at Shudehill Bus Station.
Molly fitzpatrick

Ellie Turnbull recently returned to Manchester.

She said the £ 1.55 fare would help her a lot as she doesn’t drive and has to take the bus all the time.

Ellie continued: “The £ 1.55 would be perfect.

“With the prices of buses and trams, there really isn’t a cheap option.

A photo of a passenger at Shudehill Bus Station.
Ellie Turnbull

“Sometimes to get a day trip back or saving I spend £ 4-5 to get to my boyfriend, who lives in Bury.

“I think it’s absolutely a good idea for Manchester, it’s something we really need.

“It would save me so much money every week.

“It would mean I would have more money to spend when I got home, and more money to spend on a night out, on things that I really want to do.”

A photo of Shudehill Bus Station.
Shudehill Bus Station.

A man, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It’s quite expensive to get in and out of Manchester by bus, compared to London.

“The public transport system needs to be more interconnected.

“I used to do Airbnbs and when you had visitors from overseas you literally needed a PhD to understand Greater Manchester buses, because of which routes belong to which operators. In addition, it is expensive.

” It’s time [something changes] because the interconnectivity is really bad right now. “

The £ 1.55 bus ticket would also benefit Kieran Edwards, who lives in Blackley.

A photo of a passenger at Shudehill Bus Station.
Kieran edwards

He said: “I think it’s a good move. I think it would be advantageous for Manchester to have one price.

“It would mean a lot to me because at the moment I actually think I’m spending around £ 16.50 [on bus tickets] because I live in Blackley. I come to town twice a week for my office job.

A photo of Shudehill Bus Station.
Shudehill Bus Station.

“If I go to the gym and other places I have to take a separate bus so we’re talking about almost £ 10 extra just for that.

“So the fact that we could have a price of £ 1.55, that would be easier, I would be 100% behind that.”

Abigail Davy, who works at the Gourmet Coffee Bar and Kitchen at Manchester Victoria Station, also praised the £ 1.55 bus fare concept.

A photo of Abigail Davy at Manchester Victoria station.
Abigail Davy.

She explained: “In fact, I could start using the bus again. I don’t like driving, I like being able to relax and not focus too much on the road.

“Using buses and trams is a real problem, but if the prices go down, that’s really good.

As long as some form of public transport is cheap, then excellent.

“You might be able to move around the city a lot easier.

A photo of Abigail Davy at Manchester Victoria station.
Abigail Davy.

“Having to buy tickets from different bus companies, you have to pay for different tickets each time.

“If you have to get on three different buses from three different bus companies, it costs so much money, like £ 7-8.

“So if Andy Burnham caps that, then it’s a lot better and then more people will be using the buses.

“With such a big city like Manchester, and so many different types of public transport, having something like this is way overdue and very necessary.”

A photo of Zack Nolan at the Shudehill bus station.
Zack Nolan

Zack Nolan remained neutral on the proposed change in bus fare.

He said: ” That does not bother me. I get weekly tickets every week.

“So it won’t affect me. I’ll be driving soon, so I won’t be taking the bus for long. “

Meanwhile, scaffolder Kieran Ward called for improved prices for public transport.

He explained, “I think public services should be for the people.

“To my eyes, what it seems to be, the people who control what happens with the money, they are all well off.

A photo of a passenger at the Newton Heath and Moston Metrolink stops.
Kieran district

“So they come to a situation where they don’t have to struggle like we have to, so they have no idea how a person has to live like that.

“They don’t know what it’s like to be hit in a streetcar with 75 people.

“I know [public transport] is much better now, but I just think that at peak times, they should reduce the price of tickets.

“Because in order to generate the tax on everything, for people to make money for them, they have to make it a little easier for people. “

The Manchester Evening News contacted Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), who declined to comment.

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