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What is Carbonara?
For many Carbonara is just a tasty Italian dish from Lazio. But to us it is a smart travel card which gives you the best value deals on Centrebus services in Leicester, Grantham, Melton or the Luton & Dunstable zone. From the 30th April, we are please to announce that we will also be introducing Carbonara in the Hitchin zone.
What is the point?
We want to make catching the bus quicker and easier. We want our existing customers to get the best value out of bus travel. And we want to get more people onto our buses. That is good business for us, good for you, and good for the environment. And that is just the start.
How does it work?
In each area we are offering two types of card. Your card electronically stores details of the credit you have on it, and you can top it up with extra travel when you want to (on the bus). MultiTrip allows you to prepay for a number of journeys, and use them as you go. Weekly allows you to prepay for a week or more of travel, and then travel as often as you like. Your first card Carbonara Weekly will have one week of travel on it already; the clock will start to tick when you first use it. When you want to add more time, just present it to the driver and he will top it up. You can have more than one week of travel on the card at anytime, so top it up when it suits you, and you don't have to wait until it expires.
How much does it cost?
Each card costs £14 (£10 for the club membership, a smartcard deposit of £3, plus admin fee of £1), but remember; you will get a week of local bus travel included on your first card - free of charge! Once ordered, you should receive your card within 3 to 5 working days.
You can use your card on any Centrebus service in Leicester, Grantham, Melton Mowbray or Luton/Dunstable which is smartcard enabled. The card is valid for travel on most of our routes entirely within the boundaries of the town or city (but not Leicester's UHL Hospital Hopper). Further information on the zone boundaries is at www.centrebus.info. All travel is subject to our normal terms and conditions. You must be a member of our Travel Club to buy and use Carbonara cards, but your first year's membership is included in the prices quoted. You can only use your Carbonara card in the area you chose, whether that be the Leicester, Grantham, Melton, or Luton/Dunstable fare zone.
There are many benefits with Carbonara. Not only will you save money, but getting on the bus will be quicker and you won't have to worry about change. You will also be enrolled in our Travel Club when you join (the first year's membership is included in the price), and that will get you 15% off standard single and return fares even when you are not using Carbonara. The membership renewal in subsequent years costs just £3 (current price).
Luton & Dunstable Zone (valid on Centrebus services only)