Catch the bus for FREE in March ’23

Local people starting their journey in Portsmouth will be able to travel by bus for free on Sundays in March.

Portsmouth City Council has collaborated with local bus companies First Solent and Stagecoach to offer free travel on Sunday 5, 12, 19 and 26 of March on all bus services when getting on the bus within the Portsmouth boundary.

This will help families, and other passengers save money this spring, all thanks to a £48 million investment in Portsmouth, called the Bus Service Improvement Plan. An initiative which will transform bus travel for Portsmouth residents.

Buses offer an affordable and convenient way of travelling that also helps to reduce emissions and congestion by taking cars off the road. As well as fare free Sundays, bus users can now take advantage of cheaper fares at all other travel times, thanks to an extended government backed campaign which caps single bus fares at £2 until 30 June 2023.

Free weekend travel is just one of the council’s plans for buses. Travel time on key bus routes has already been extended and extra buses have been added too, later this year there are plans to launch new discounted tickets, and much more.

This scheme is for travel in and around Portsmouth, bus users will travel for free on all journeys that start within the city, the scheme does not include return journeys from outside of Portsmouth.

Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said:

“I am delighted to launch Portsmouth’s free bus Sundays in March. This is a great chance for everyone to get out on the bus, an opportunity to connect you with your community.

There is a reason the bus is the most popular form of public transport across the UK, and this scheme is designed to remind you how convenient and easy buses in Portsmouth really are. With an opportunity like this, there has never been a better time to get onboard!

For passengers who have not travelled by bus before, or are out of practice, the bus drivers are there to help and support you every step of the way.”

Simon Goff, Managing Director, First Solent said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Portsmouth City Council to offer fare free Sundays in March. This is a great chance for local people to try the bus for free, have a great day out around Portsmouth and do their bit to help reduce congestions and emissions.  We can’t wait to welcome you onboard.”

Gordon Frost Managing Director of Stagecoach South said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Portsmouth City Council on another fantastic initiative for the residents of Portsmouth.”

“By offering free journeys on Sundays, we want to encourage people to try the bus and swap their means of travel to decrease the reliance on the car and help the air quality in the city.”

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