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The Cotswolds launches integrated bus and rail pass

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:03 on Tuesday 18 March 2014

The Cotswolds has launched an integrated bus and rail ticket that provides unlimited travel to and around the region with participating transport operators.

The Discoverer Pass is aimed at encouraging more visitors to use public transport to and around the Cotswolds AONB. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation BoardThe Discoverer Pass is aimed at encouraging more visitors to use public transport to and around the Cotswolds AONB. Photo: Cotswolds Conservation Board

Photo: Cotswolds Conservation BoardPhoto: Cotswolds Conservation BoardThe Cotswolds Discoverer Pass is aimed at encouraging more visitors to use public transport to get to and around the most scenic parts of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering unlimited travel to a wide range of attractions, towns, villages, gardens, and historic buildings.

The Discoverer Pass - which is valid seven days a week, and on trains any time after 8.50am Monday-to-Friday - can be bought at any UK rail station and on the participating bus services: Cotswold Green; Johnson's Excelbus; Pulham's Coaches, Go Ride CIC and Swanbrook.

One day Pass prices are £10 for adults, three-day Passes are £25. Reductions are available with Railcards, and the Passes are half price for children under 16.

The Discoverer Pass provides unlimited travel after 08.50 (Mondays to Fridays) with First Great Western between Oxford and Moreton-in-Marsh on the North Cotswold Line, and between Swindon, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Ashchurch, as well as Gloucester, Cam & Dursley and Yate.  It is also valid on rail services operated by Arriva Trains Wales and CrossCountry Trains Gloucester, between Cheltenham Spa and Ashchurch for Tewkesbury. For bus services and routes where you can use the Discover Pass: escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/discoverer. This page also provides links to some suggested itineraries that the AONB has helpfully put together of places to visit using the Discoverer ticket.

The Pass was established to reduce the reliance on the car and encourage more sustainable travel to and around the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It also builds on the 'Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport' guide that the Conservation Board has produced for several years. For more information: www.cotswolds.com

The pass was launched at Moreton-in-Marsh railway station on the eve of English Tourism Week on Friday, 28 March.

By Richard Hammond.

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