Stagecoach Midlands have announced that fares will rise by an average of three per cent in Northamptonshire due to rising costs.
The company said the fare rises, which will come into force on Sunday April 13, are lower than the 3.6 per cent increase in bus operator costs across England.
However, Stagecoach said today that continued rising costs – including labour, energy, fuel and insurance costs - and reduced public sector investment in bus services has resulted in the price increases.
Steve Burd, managing director of Stagecoach Midlands, said: “We know fare changes are unwelcome for our passengers. We have however, done our best to keep fare changes to a minimum in the face of rising costs across a number of areas of our business.
“We have worked hard to keep fares down for those who rely on the bus the most. As the cost of motoring remains high, our bus services continue to offer a greener, smarter and better value way to travel and we are committed to reinvesting income from fares in new vehicles and further improvements for passengers.”
Meanwhile, the cost of the company’s online seven-day and 28-day tickets will be frozen at the 2013 on-bus price. allowing regular passengers to save. For example, weekly travel will remain £12 a week in Northampton.
The cost of a Monthly Megarider, which gives unlimited travel for 28 days within the Northampton Megarider area, will change from £41 to £42.30, or t £1.51 a day.
Stagecoach will also introduce new child and group dayrider plus tickets for their Northampton Megarider Plus zone making it more cost effective to travel from Earls Barton, Brixworth, Pattishall, Holcot & Althorp into Northampton.