Fares rise planned by biggest bus operator in Doncaster

Bus fares are set to rise
Bus fares are set to rise

BUS fares are going up - after Doncaster’s biggest operator said it had been hit by ‘rising business costs’.

From April 1, single fares on First buses across borough will increase by 10 pence.

But the price of a weekly ticket in the borough is coming down from £17 to £13 – a saving of nearly 25 per cent.

First said ‘rising costs to the business’ had resulted in the need for the rises, and added it is investing in new buses.

Dave Alexander, regional managing director for First, said: “It is 15 months since our last price rise and, in that same period, a number of our fares have significantly dropped in price.

“We now need to review our fares to meet the ongoing challenge of rising costs to our business and have kept the rise below the rate of inflation.”

Mr Alexander added: “Despite some of these price changes, the cost of travel on a First bus still represents great value for money, and customers can continue to travel from less than £1.50 per day.

“Our aim in 2013 is to continue to give value for money to our customers, and to continue to build upon the customer growth which will be further helped by the potential of significant investment in new vehicles.”