Bus operator Stagecoach has confirmed that the start time of its popular ‘eveningrider’ ticket will remain at 6pm indefinitely. The bus company adjusted the start time in November bringing it forward an hour so that Christmas shoppers and party goers could benefit from an extra hour's unlimited bus travel. Now the company will make the change permanent allowing bus travellers to use the ticket from 6pm everyday.
The eveningrider ticket, which costs just £3 on the bus firm’s smartphone app, is valid for unlimited travel on all Stagecoach buses in the south east. Stagecoach say the 6pm start time will be welcomed by people who want to travel in the evenings, avoiding the hassle of arranging lifts or paying out expensive taxi fares. The eveningrider is valid through to the last bus home (or 4am the next day).
Matthew Arnold, Stagecoach commercial director, said “More and more people want to get out in the evenings especially as the days begin to get longer. Whether it’s to meet friends, go to the gym, dining out or seeing a film, by starting our evening ticket an hour earlier, we hope more people will choose to get about on the bus and travel for much the same price as a takeaway coffee”.