Greater Anglia, a UK-based train operating company, is partnering with UK based bus operators, Norfolk Green and Stagecoach, to offer a combined bus and train ticketing initiative.
The PlusBus ticket offers an unlimited bus ticket for a train departure or arrival location for the date of the journey. The tickets are available for any of the rail destinations, on all participating bus services, for an extra payment of £2 per day. The train company has also launched the service recently from Ely station, adding it to the network of destinations that are currently offering the service.
The partnerships manager for Greater Anglia, Geraint Hughes, said, ‘We asked our customers how we could make their journeys to and from the station easier. Many of them told us that they would use a bus service to the station if it were provided. By working together with County and District Councils and funders Sainsbury’s, the bus service is now running and the addition of an easy to purchase through ticket for regular travellers is an important breakthrough.
Our team at the station will be pleased to assist customers in adding PlusBus to their existing rail ticket.’
Norfolk Green managing director, Ben Colson, said, ‘We’ve had an excellent response from local people to our new service, but we felt we needed to offer something more to make the bus attractive to rail commuters. PlusBus fits the bill, and we’ll be changing our route to provide new stops in the Kings Avenue area of the city, as well as adjusting our times to give better connections with the important commuter trains.
For the commuter or the Cambridge college student, this represents excellent value for money and much less hassle than finding a parking space near the station!’