Child bus fares are to go up

CHILD bus fares in Thorne and the surrounding area are to rise for the first time in eight years.

Transport bosses have decided to increase concessionary prices from 40p to 50p from April.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA), which is responsible for the county’s buses, said the increase was in a bid to protect services following public spending cuts.

Coun Mick Jameson chairman of SYITA, said: “We are all under pressure to find savings as a result of the national financial situation.

“But we would say to people that this is the first increase for many years. Though we never like having to raise fares South Yorkshire children will still be paying the lowest fares in any of the passenger transport executive areas outside London.”

SYITA decided the increase at a meeting when members also ruled that further 10p rises should come into effect in April 2012 and April 2013.

The authority said that if prices had gone up in line with inflation they would now already be 60p.