Neighbourhood (2 Hour) Tickets

Page last modified/checked: Friday, 20 May, 2005

NOTE: To avoid duplication we have shown only the rear of these tickets on this page.
The fronts are shown within the individual neighbourhood reviews.

The basis of the fare structure was a series of multi-modal, flat fare, time based paper tickets known as neighbourhood tickets.
These were devised for travel as follows:

* For travel within one of the ten individual neighbourhoods

* Between an adjoining neighbourhood and the inner or vice-versa

* Between any two adjoining neighbourhoods. This ticket was known as a neighbourhood plus one and the adjoining neighbourhoods it was valid within were listed on the face. Staff were supposed to use a pen to circle the neighbourhood the customer was travelling to.

Initially, there was also an inner-outer neighbourhood ticket which was soon replaced by an anywhere neighbourhood ticket. This alteration is covered in a separate section later. Neighbourhood tickets were frequently referred to by the public as "2 Hour tickets" and permitted travel for a minimum period of around 2 hours, up to a maximum of almost 4 hours. This of course depended on the time of purchase and the amount of usage one stretched out of their ticket. When issued, staff punched the date and the next full hour boxes. The expiry time was two hours from that hour by which the customer must have boarded the last vehicle. An incentive to use public transport that originated with the neighbourhood system was the 7+, meaning that any neighbourhood ticket purchased after 6pm was valid until the cessation of services that night. This was an excellent idea and has been retained. Station staff had to consider the times of trains when issuing tickets close to the hour mark. Later, many of the neighbourhood tickets had their time availability extended by one hour. This is discussed in a later section.