The cost of an adult Northampton Buzz Card has been increased for the first time in two years to help extend the discounted scheme to young people.
From next month, children under the age of 16 will be able to buy the daily pass for £3.30, which allows unlimited travel on most bus services in the town.
The cost of the adult card will go up from £4.20 to £4.30, the weekly pass will rise from £15.50 to £16 and the monthly pass by £1 to £52.
The Northampton Buzz Partnership includes Northamptonshire County Council and the major bus operators in Northampton. Buses on buzz routes cover more than 10,000 miles every day.
Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This has been a very successful scheme and one which is very popular, particularly with regular bus users.
“I’m delighted that the initiative is going to be expanded so that young bus users will be able to take advantage of the reduced travel costs.
“And although we’ve had to increase adult fares slightly, this is the first price rise in two years. Unfortunately it has been necessary to do this to keep in line with the rising costs of delivering such a scheme.”
The Northampton Buzz Card can be used across Northampton, including Grange Park, Boughton and Moulton. Buzz Card is valid on most bus services run by Centrebus, Country Lion, Meridian Bus, Roy’s Minibuses, Stagecoach, Uno and Z & S Transport.
The Northampton Buzz Card was introduced in 2006 to give passengers a bus ticket that allows them to make unlimited journeys on most bus services in Northampton.
For more information about Buzz Cards, passengers can either visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/buzzcard or ask the bus driver next time they purchase a ticket.