Monday 4th August 2014 sees the launch of Solent Go, a new smart travelcard which - for the first time ever - offers unlimited bus travel across South Hampshire and ferry travel too. Marking the occasion a series of activities - the ‘Solent Go Change Challenge’ - will be launching at the Bargate Monument in Southampton on Monday 4th August (11am – 4pm), before embarking on a region wide tour running until October 2014.
The ‘Solent Go Change Challenge’ invites the local community to come and celebrate a new era of smart travel by getting involved in a series of fun travel based challenges with prizes to be won. From 11am – 4pm, a giant ball pit, games of chance and brain teasers, all linked to the theme of travel, will test how quick people are at completing the challenges. Putting the region’s competitive spirit to the test, the Challenge will then visit other areas in South Hampshire throughout the summer in search for the town or city with the fastest overall time for completing the Solent Go Change Challenge. The winning town or city will be announced in October with a prize being awarded to the winner.
The new Solent Go travelcard replaces the existing Solent Travelcard and will make leisure and commuter journeys easier than before. Solent Go costs £8 per day, £30 per week and £100 per month for almost unlimited bus travel across the region. A selection of ferry tickets can also be added to the travelcard, which is a first for South Hampshire travellers. Lower cost city based travelcards will be available from October 2014.
Solent Transport is also working with popular local attractions in the South Hampshire area, to offer discounts and 2-for-1 entry, rewarding those who leave the car at home and arrive by bus using a Solent Go travelcard. Attractions so far include Sea-City, the Museum of Naval Firepower and Gilbert White’s House and we anticipate many more. Keep checking the Solent Go website for details of further discounts.
Announcing Solent Go, Thomas King, Solent Transport said:
“The new Solent Go travelcard is great news for everyone in the South Hampshire region. We are confident that those who already use public transport will find their journeys quicker, and easier with the smart card technology. I also hope it will encourage those who have yet to try out the great public transport options in the area will find a much improved and sustainable option for commuters and visitors alike”