Bus fare rises come into effect

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 December 2012

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BUS ticket prices have been raised across North Somerset and Somerset on certain journeys.

First Bus has increased the cost of many adult single and return fares by five to 25p each, with all child fares increased by the same amount.

The review, which came into effect on Sunday, will also see some season tickets’ prices increased.

Not all tickets are affected, with some prices being frozen.

The operator blamed rising fuel costs for the rise, adding that increasing prices is ‘always a measure of last resort’.

In North Somerset nine adult single fares and two adult return fares are being held at current prices, while one adult peak return fare is being reduced.

In Somerset two adult single fares are being held while two adult peak return fares are being reduced.

First regional, commercial and business growth director Marc Reddy said: “We understand it that no one likes it when fares go up and we have done everything we can to keep any increases to the absolute minimum.

“We are also committed to only reviewing fares once a year, the last time being a year ago.

“Fare reviews are necessary because they ensure that the price of travel adequately reflects the amount it costs for us to run the buses, while also ensuring that we make enough profit to be able to be able to invest in our networks, staff and the vehicles we operate.”

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