Bus fares going up for new year

YORKSHIRE VISION'Arriva
YORKSHIRE VISION'Arriva

BUS fares are set to increase in the New Year.

Arriva announced on Wednesday that the changes will take effect from Sunday, January 13.

Not all fares will be affected, and a spokesman said single fares will increase by a maximum of 10p. The price of weekly and four-weekly Yorkshire zone multi-journey tickets will be frozen.

But that is little consolation to the people who expressed their outrage via our Facebook page.

Claire Smith said: “It’s crazy, it’s cheaper for me and my children to get a taxi from Flanshaw into town than it is to catch a bus.”

Sarah Lee said: “Well I do hope we get a better service if prices are to increase yet again.”

Sam Emerson said: “This is what annoys me, the government wants people to use public transport but yet they keep putting the price up. It’s cheaper, and a lot better, going in your own car or a taxi. If they want people to stop using cars then stop doing this, reduce the price, then more people will want to get on public transport.”

Nigel Featham, managing director for Arriva Yorkshire, said the company is committed to providing value for money, but their hands are tied. He said: “Due to current economic pressures, and in order to maintain our current service levels, we need to increase a number of fares this January.”

He said a further 10 per cent discount would be available on four-weekly tickets if bought online at www.arrivabus.co.uk.