The half-price bus fare offer on services in/out of Evesham town centre will remain in place until the Abbey Bridge re-opens to traffic.

People are being reminded that the half-price bus fare offer on all services in and out of Evesham Town Centre, which has been operating since September, has been extended and will remain in place until the Abbey Bridge and Viaduct re-opens.

The promotion funded by Worcestershire County Council, which applies to single, return, day and weekly tickets*, was due to finish at the end of 2013 but will now remain In place until the link over the River Avon re-opens to vehicles. Cllr John Smith OBE, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Councillor for Evesham North West, said: "The news of further delays to the re-opening of the Abbey Bridge was bitterly disappointing. We are as committed as ever to helping traders and the community during this closure period and I'm pleased to be able to confirm that the half-price bus fare offer will remain in place until the link is re-opened.

"I'd encourage anyone that hasn't already taken advantage of the promotion – the first of its kind ever in Worcestershire - to do so, hop on board and play a part in supporting our fantastic town."

Hochtief, the contractor replacing the Abbey Bridge and Viaduct, is expected to confirm a revised re-opening date in early January.

For the latest information on the project visit the dedicated website section or follow Worcestershire County Council on Twitter (@worcscc) and look out for #AbbeyBridge. The dedicated website section also includes a host of useful information on bus services (including school/college transport), walking, cycling, rail travel and car-sharing to help with journey planning.

* The half-price discount applies to all single, return, day and weekly tickets offered by operators which has an origin or destination anywhere in Evesham Town centre, except service run by Castleways Coaches (559), which will offer the half-price discount on adult and child single fares only. The half-price offer does not apply to Connecta or Severn Card fares, or higher value multi-journey tickets offered by some operators.