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Wednesday 25 August 2010

Journey even further with the Cheshire Travelcard

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There’s good news this week for commuters using a Cheshire Travelcard.

Three more bus depots have signed up to the scheme which allows commuters to use a ‘pay-as-you-go’ card to purchase bus tickets rather than needing to find loose change.

Arriva – Macclesfield, Arriva - Winsford and Helms depots are now accepting the card on their routes. The new additions mean that 60 per cent of journeys made, by bus, across Cheshire East, are covered by the Travelcard.

Depots already accepting Travelcards are:

· Arriva Chester

· Arriva Wrexham (on routes into Cheshire)

· Arriva Rhyl (on routes into Cheshire)

· D&G


Travelcards are free and available to everyone. The majority of bus companies offer a 10 per cent discount to travellers who use the Travelcard. Application forms can be found at any local bus station or by ringing the dedicated helpline 01244 973353.

Cheshire East Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, said:

“Travelcard is an excellent example of how Cheshire is leading the way in implementing new technology. This scheme makes commuting easier for people who live and work in Cheshire.”

Cheshire East Councillor Peter Mason, Cabinet member for procurement, shared services, assets and HR, said: “This is good news for anyone who travels by bus in Cheshire East. Hopefully, the card will be accepted on all journeys in the area in the very near future. Travelcards are easy to use, convenient and free.

“We all know how frustrating it can be to have to look for change for a bus ticket. The Travelcard solves this problem in a very simple way. It’s ideal for children who use buses on a regular basis.”

Frequently asked questions

How do I put money on a Travelcard?

Simply get on the bus and hand the driver the amount you would like to put on the card i.e. £10. Your card will be placed under a card-reader. You will then get a ticket for your journey which will include information about the money you have put on the card.

How do I use the Travelcard?

The Travelcard is placed under a special card-reader on top of the ticket machine as you get onto the bus. Tell the driver your destination. Your ticket will show the fare along with an updated balance.

Can anyone have a Travelcard?

Yes. People of all ages can apply for a free Travelcard. Just fill in an application form. Postage is free.

Anyone who would like a Travelcard can contact the Travelcard Helpline on 01244 973353 or go to

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