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Today, (1 October 2021) Stagecoach, Grant Palmer, Uno and Bedford Borough Council have relaunched the ‘Cygnet’ pass.

This enables bus users to switch freely between the three local bus operators without the need to buy multiple tickets.

The pass will operate as a paper ticket, which will be sold and accepted on Bedford Borough’s three largest bus operators- Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Uno.

This ticket will allow for unlimited travel on any Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Uno bus in the Stagecoach Megarider zone, across a day or a week and you can mix and match bus providers.

The Cygnet travel zone equates to the area currently covered by the Stagecoach Megarider which includes the whole of Bedford and Kempston, as well as surrounding villages such as Bromham, Oakley, Cople and Elstow.

Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for transport at Bedford Borough Council, said

“It is four years to the day that we originally launched the Cygnet pass, and it is great to welcome another bus operator on-board.

“The Cygnet pass makes local bus travel easier and more convenient, allowing people to switch between bus operators.”

The ‘Cygnet’ pass is £6 for a day ticket, with the weekly ticket priced at £18. You can buy the ticket on Stagecoach, Grant Palmer and Uno buses.