Children travel free on Brighton and Hove buses this weekend

Brighton and Hove children can travel free on the buses this weekend in a bid to boost business trade.

Brighton and Hove Buses will offer the free travel to accompanied under 16-year-olds and Bus ID holders on Saturday, December 7.

It is hoped the move will attract more families into the city centre to shop and eat on Small Business Day – a day marked out to celebrate and support small local businesses.

The bus company carried more than 134,000 passengers into and around the city on the same day last year.

This year it is looking to beat that total as the Christmas shopping period gets into full swing with extra vehicles standing by when buses get too busy with shoppers.

Managing director Martin Harris said: “We want to continue to play our part in supporting the small local businesses that are so important to the city.

“Brighton and Hove has the best range of independent shops in the country and if we can help bring more people into the city by bus, at a time when household finances are stretched, it will help shops, restaurants and entertainment businesses.

“If shoppers have a few more pounds to spend in the shops, and that tempts people who don’t normally travel by bus to try out our services, then that will help everyone get around the city on these very busy Christmas shopping days.”

Nancy Platts, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, added: “This is a great way to support Small Business Saturday and families on low incomes at the same time.

“I hope that everyone will enjoy a family Christmas shopping day in Brighton’s unique and diverse range of shops this Saturday."

The Accompanied Kids Go Free offer is not available on any night buses.

Free parking is also available at five council car parks – a proposal opposed by the Green administration but forced through by Labour and Conservative councillors.

Other events include Artists Open Houses, a window dressing competition, indie Christmas card trail and business support sessions at Jubilee Library and the Whitehawk Inn.

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6:32pm Mon 2 Dec 13

NickBtn says...

I'm not sure that everyone will want their children with them when doing the Christmas shopping, especially as much will be for them! The bus company could really put their support behind this by some more imaginative offers. For example, half price. Free return journey when showing shopping receipts. Working with coffee shops etc to give a discount on drinks or food with a valid bus ticket.....

Disappointing from the greens. If public transport is so important why not make it more attractive? Push for something better. If the bus company won't join in with real offers then let cars use "their" bus lane for the day
I'm not sure that everyone will want their children with them when doing the Christmas shopping, especially as much will be for them! The bus company could really put their support behind this by some more imaginative offers. For example, half price. Free return journey when showing shopping receipts. Working with coffee shops etc to give a discount on drinks or food with a valid bus ticket..... Disappointing from the greens. If public transport is so important why not make it more attractive? Push for something better. If the bus company won't join in with real offers then let cars use "their" bus lane for the day NickBtn

8:28am Tue 3 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

What is more green than travelling by bus? Not making the journey at all.
What is more green than travelling by bus? Not making the journey at all. Sussex jim

9:45am Tue 3 Dec 13

SEAGULL08 says...

The price of bus travel in Brighton & Hove is truly shocking. I am fully up for supporting public transport but at the prices they charge I will continue to use my car. I cycle to and from work to avoid buses at now shop out of Brighton to avoid the parking charges.

Bus prices and parking charges are unfortunately sounding the death bell for a once busy town.
The price of bus travel in Brighton & Hove is truly shocking. I am fully up for supporting public transport but at the prices they charge I will continue to use my car. I cycle to and from work to avoid buses at now shop out of Brighton to avoid the parking charges. Bus prices and parking charges are unfortunately sounding the death bell for a once busy town. SEAGULL08

10:15am Tue 3 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

This a far better initiative than the Labour and Conservative free parking, which will cost the council £100000 and do little or nothing for business. Still, they are orientating themselves as the car parties, it's a vote winner they think.

I would actually prefer to see initiatives for public transport fare reductions after the new year when business falls away. That is the difficult time for retailers.
This a far better initiative than the Labour and Conservative free parking, which will cost the council £100000 and do little or nothing for business. Still, they are orientating themselves as the car parties, it's a vote winner they think. I would actually prefer to see initiatives for public transport fare reductions after the new year when business falls away. That is the difficult time for retailers. HJarrs

10:21am Tue 3 Dec 13

Goldenwight says...

SEAGULL08 wrote:
The price of bus travel in Brighton & Hove is truly shocking. I am fully up for supporting public transport but at the prices they charge I will continue to use my car. I cycle to and from work to avoid buses at now shop out of Brighton to avoid the parking charges. Bus prices and parking charges are unfortunately sounding the death bell for a once busy town.
If you speak to any local bus driver, they will tell you just how inexpensive it is to travel in Brighton. Compare the costs to Worthing and you would not believe the difference.
[quote][p][bold]SEAGULL08[/bold] wrote: The price of bus travel in Brighton & Hove is truly shocking. I am fully up for supporting public transport but at the prices they charge I will continue to use my car. I cycle to and from work to avoid buses at now shop out of Brighton to avoid the parking charges. Bus prices and parking charges are unfortunately sounding the death bell for a once busy town.[/p][/quote]If you speak to any local bus driver, they will tell you just how inexpensive it is to travel in Brighton. Compare the costs to Worthing and you would not believe the difference. Goldenwight

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