First has reversed its plan to charge £2 for the trip from Front Street to Chapelfields. The price hike from £1 was widely criticised. Although a short distance, the service is well used by those with heavy shopping to carry. The gradient can be a problem for some.
The new fare will be £1-20p
A similar situation exists in other parts of the CVity including Foxwood, although there, the short hop fare to Acomb has yet to be revised.
We have generally been supportive of the improvements that First have made to their services over recent years.
However, changes to short journey fares seem to be have been driven more by administrative convenience than passenger needs.
NB. Over 50% of bus journeys are made by pensioners using their free passes.