New 30 day child card to be launched by Transdev Yellow Buses

A NEW child 30 day Yellowcard is to be launched by Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) on December 2.

Costing just £30, it will give unlimited travel on all TYB services across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch for the equivalent of £1 a day.

The new card comes in on the same day as fare changes are implemented across
the TYB network.

Breaking with usual tradition, the company has given two weeks’ notice in response to passenger feedback for early notice of fare changes.

Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Communications and Marketing Manager, said: “We have listened to our passengers who said they wanted clear information when we make changes and in good time.”

The child 30 day Yellowcard is in addition to the child day Yellowcard, costing £2.

It has been introduced to assist all younger travellers who, from January 1 2008, will need a CitizenCard to obtain a child concessionary fare between the ages of 11 and their 18th birthday.

Other fare changes from December 2 include:

* An adult Yellowcard, which allows unlimited all-day travel on the company’s services across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, will cost £3.30 while a family Yellowcard, providing all-day travel for up to two adults and three children, will cost £8.
* A 7 Day adult Yellowcard will cost £13.50, a 30 day Yellowcard £52 and a 90 day Yellowcard £130 which works out at £1.44 a day. Three years ago a seven and 30 day card cost £18 and £63 respectively.
* Adult ‘short, medium and long hop’ single fares will rise to £1, £1.50 and £1.80 respectively while return fares will be £1.70, £2.20 and £3.20. A child single goes to 90p flat fare and £1.50 return.

Mrs Wilkinson said: “These changes reflect the extra costs in general overheads we are experiencing.

“However, against the background of rising costs for the private motorist, bus travel remains great value particularly if passengers buy our one, seven, 30 and 90 day Yellowcards.”