A shake-up of student bus tickets at one of Scotland’s biggest transport companies will see some young people saving cash – but others will have to pay more for their travel.
Stagecoach has announced revisions to its range of student tickets available on its East of Scotland network from September 2.
One-day and seven-day student tickets will now be available to buy via the company’s app, with longer period tickets of four weeks and 13 weeks available to buy online and issued on a Stagecoach Smartcard, rather than a paper ticket.
The company said the tickets will offer a “significant” discount to students, in some cases representing a 60% saving compared to the equivalent adult ticket available for travel within the same boundaries.
At the same time, the company announced a £1 increase to its Nightrider ticket – which offers unlimited travel throughout Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife after 7pm each day – to £3.
The switch to Smartcard means paper tickers will no longer be available to buy from a local travel shops, with the company urging students to buy online before they begin the term.
Douglas Robertson, commercial director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We’ve simplified the range of discounted tickets available to students and young people, creating one simple price structure for both and increasing the boundary sizes for many of our travel zones to provide even better value for these passenger groups.
“The tickets are now more flexible too, from offering a ticket for one-off travel, available from the driver or on our app, to a longer period 13-week ticket, available to buy online. This is ideal for a parent to buy their child at the start of a school or college/university term, providing them with unlimited travel every day.”
The student ticket will now be available for unlimited travel in the Dundee+ zone, which covers travel in both the existing Dundee zone one and Dundee zone two areas, the East Scotland zone, Fife+ zone, Perth+ zone, St Andrews zone as well as the Tayside zone and the West Fife zone.
There will also be a new range of options available for those under 19, who will have to show proof of age when buying tickets.