04 November 2010

Now First go PayPoint too

Pay Point It's about to get easier to buy your bus tickets in South Devon as First Devon and Cornwall, the regions biggest operator, has joined forces with PayPoint, the local network of high street retailers, to enable customers to buy bus tickets over the counter at 140 outlets in the region. From 8 November people will be able to get FirstWeek, FirstMonth and First3Month tickets from local shops in Plymouth, Ivybridge, Saltash, Torpoint and Yelverton, at the same time as picking up a loaf of bread or pint of milk, or topping up their gas or electricity.
The move means that people will be able to buy their bus tickets in advance, at their own convenience. It will encourage more people to buy their tickets off the bus, which in turn may speed up boarding times, and it will mean even more people will be able to take advantage of the cheaper deals on bus travel that are available to those who buy multi-journey tickets in advance.
A First3Month Plymouth ticket offering unlimited bus travel for 90 days through Plymouth costs just £145, equivalent to just £1.61 a day; a saving on the £3.30 FirstDay ticket covering the same area, or the standard walk on cash fare.
Talking about the new payment method, Marc Reddy, Managing Director of First Devon and Cornwall, says: "Were always on the lookout for ways to improve our services for our customers so when they told us they wanted an easier and more convenient way to buy their tickets in advance of travel, we identified PayPoint as the perfect solution. Under this new arrangement, customers will be able to buy their monthly bus tickets while at the local newsagent, garage, supermarket or convenience store " many of which are open long hours and often seven days a week.
Full details including list of PayPoints
PayPoint image ©Timo Arnell (Creative commons)

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