Train GraphicClick on the map to explore geographics
 
I need help
FAQ
Emergency
About
Waterloo Campaign
Stay at home or local if you can
No recent travel & transport from BBC stories as at 04:35 24 Jan 2022
Read about the forum [here].
Register [here] - it's free.
What do I gain from registering? [here]
 28/01/22 - FOSBR AGM - ONLINE
29/01/22 - National Bus Meetings
04/02/22 - Call for Evidence GBR closes
04/02/22 - SMK award entries close

On this day
24th Jan (2007)
Hansard on First Great Western (link)

Train RunningCancelled
07:24 Worcester Shrub Hill to London Paddington
PollsThere are no open or recent polls
Abbreviation pageAcronymns and abbreviations
Stn ComparatorStation Comparator
Rail newsNews Now - live rail news feed
Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
January 24, 2022, 04:43:51 am *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most recently liked subjects
[114] Red and white- tax changes on fossil fuel - Agriculture, road ...
[95] Brighton Belle - rebirth thread
[63] Infrastructure problems in Thames Valley causing disruption el...
[60] OTD - 23rd January (1947) - Start of the big freeze
[47] Trains told to get rid of torrent of 'Tannoy spam'
[44] Night Riviera to be reduced for eight weeks due to engineering...
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: PlusBus  (Read 2854 times)
chrisoates
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 286


View Profile
« on: November 07, 2008, 02:36:36 am »

http://www.plusbus.info/

I use trains to get out & about in Devon & Cornwall and often use buses to complete my journey.
On the buses I'd usually get a point to point fare except in Plymouth where a day ticket is good value.
Day tickets can be a pain as you are tied to an operator unless you are in mid Cornwall where FirstBus & Truronian share ticketing - you can cover a lot of ground and don't have the BOJ problems.
PlusBus is even better for small areas as it (usually) covers all operators, add in a rail card (only way to get a discount on a bus) and with some planning you can really get around without worrying what colour a bus is.
Firstdayplymouth is ^3.20 but Plusbus is ^1.60 with a railcard and you can use any operators bus.
Some areas are so small or only have one operator that it's not worth it BUT....some are huge...Camborne Redruth in Cornwall is great....you can visit the mining areas from the Great Flat Load at Camborne out to the Poldice valley, where Julia Bradbury has just done a Railway Walk, and end the day at  Portreath beach       or Tehidy Country Park.
Best by far is Newton Abbot....^1.30 gets you unlimited travel to Shaldon, Babbacombe, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Kingswear. Buckfastleigh....I get up this way a lot to visit Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Kents Cavern & Dartmouth for cruises.

PlusBus sometimes won't issue through Avantix (Ticket Issuing System used on board trains) i.e. St ives/Redruth....you have to get a normal train CDR (Off Peak Day Return [ticket type] (formerly 'Cheap Day')) and a Redruth to Redruth PlusBus (which is a prohibited fare  Huh)...similarly St Ives/Plymouth might need a BOJ before PlusBus will work.

I could get a CDR to Plymouth and a Ride Devon but the 'Ride' tickets don't discount with a rail card plus about as far as I can go in a day is Exmouth and still have time to do anything.

Logged
eightf48544
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 4551


View Profile Email
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008, 10:11:29 am »

What a fantastic piece of reserch, how long did it take you? Also how are all these schemes publisised so that poor Jo public can use them?

What it points out is how stupidly we organise public transport in the UK (United Kingdom) and what a complete mess the fare structure is. The problem is that we think that trains and buses should compete.

By contrast have a look at http://www.cvag.de/cgi-bin/click.system?navid=1573&sid=en

If this doesn't work try Googling Chemnitz fare zones and you get the Central Saxony Transport Authority. The website is in English!

The area must be about the same as Cornwall, it gives you all the types of tickets and fare zones. The tickets are valid on all types of transport, trains (except ICE/IC (Inter City)/EC), buses and trams.


 
Logged
devon_metro
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 5175



View Profile
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 06:05:03 pm »

I'd like a scheme where I could buy this on the bus on the way down to the station, would save me lots of money!
Logged
chrisoates
Sr. Member
****
Posts: 286


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008, 07:45:41 pm »

I'd like a scheme where I could buy this on the bus on the way down to the station, would save me lots of money!
To the best of my knowledge the only rail ticket a bus driver can issue is a county wide bus & rail ranger  Sad.
 
Logged
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

 
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit www.gwr.com for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page