Stagecoach won't do it voluntarily? I disagree. Hull has two operators, Stagecoach and East Yorkshire. Back when Stagecoach Hull was called KHCT, they had a Bee Smart Bus Card valid on both their buses and EY's (which I believe had replaced a KHCT-only Crown Card). That stopped at some point after the rebrand to Stagecoach, and they launched a replacement scheme, MegaRider (the same as exists on their services in other towns) only valid on their buses (for a week), and a single day version, the DayRider.thegeek wrote: ↑Sun 05 Jun, 2022 07.00It gets complicated where there are multiple operators involved. We went to Pollok Park, and could get either First or McGills buses - in theory I could have got a Glasgow Tripper ticket (if I had a suitable ITSO card) but it's 50p more than a FirstDay and also less cost effective than the family ticket I bought. But then that meant we were locked into getting a First bus back.
If I wanted to make a journey by bus then train then that's two separate tickets, going by subway would mean a third. It's possible to put it all on the same smartcard but that's not what's causing the friction here, it's thinking about the simplest way to make my journey (and how much flexibility I have in coming back the same way or by a different mode without it costing me more).
The joy of Oyster (and contactless) is not having to think about any of that, and knowing that I can take whatever route I want and the system will sort it out. But that only works when you've got a TfL sorting out revenue allocations, and your Firsts, Stagecoaches and assorted rail operators aren't going to do it voluntarily if it means less money for them.
But now they're co-operating with EY again and also offer something called a Hull Card, valid on both operators. Most of the routes don't overlap, there's only really places on the main roads where you can use either operator (for example, an EY bus coming from Beverley or another town and just passing through part of Hull en-route to the transport interchange, the last part of the route overlapping one of Stagecoach's inner city routes). The DayRider is £4, the MegaRider is £15, and their Hull Card counterparts are £5 and £14.90 - so more expensive for the one day version, but actually cheaper for the weekly - I suspect most passengers don't know that you can get a better travel card for 10p less! Certainly the Stagecoach website downplays it, but the co-operative offer exists.
https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-an ... anges-hull