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More than 1.75 million go by bus as new record set

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MORE than one and three-quarter million passengers were carried on the buses last year, making it a record year for the service, Environment & Infrastructure president Barry Brehaut, pictured, told the States yesterday.

The StreetVibe buses were introduced last year, which was a record period for CT Plus services with more than a million and a quarter passengers carried. (20400028)

He was replying to questions from Deputy John Gollop, who asked what had happened to changes promised by the committee towards the end of last year. In particular, he asked about the success of the extended night bus routes that were brought in over Christmas on a trial basis at a higher fare.

Deputy Brehaut said that the three services had attracted 2,523 passengers, which was 853 more than the previous year. With the £2 per journey fare, this had earned just under £4,990.

Only time would tell if the new night bus service, with a new fare of £2.50, would be a success, he added.

Supplementary questions focused on the P2 parish link service, with Deputy Brehaut saying that it would have been wrong to have intervened when the service was running with just one or two passengers.

Deputy David De Lisle asked if the service would be re-evaluated since take-up was still relatively low, while Deputy Neil Inder said it would more economical to run a door-to-door taxi service.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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