Fares hike for Sheffield bus users

Ben Gilligan, regional performance director, First buses. Pictured at Olive Grove depot in Sheffield

Ben Gilligan, regional performance director, First buses. Pictured at Olive Grove depot in Sheffield

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Sheffield bus users are set to see a hike in some fares next month as a South Yorkshire operator tries to meet the increasing costs of operation.

First’s Sheffield network-wide daily ticket will increase by 10p, the weekly ticket by 50p and the monthly ticket by £2.

I appreciate nobody likes it when prices go up but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum.

Ben Gilligan, managing director of First in South Yorkshire

However, the annual price review has also resulted in some fares being frozen at the same level as last year.

From March 28, the £1 adult single fare remains the same while the South Yorkshire-wide daily, weekly and monthly tickets are frozen. The FirstDay and FirstWeek child tickets are the same.

Ben Gilligan, managing director of First in South Yorkshire, said some rises were necessary to meet increasing costs of operation and to provide a solid business platform to drive further service improvement for customers in 2015.

He said: “Despite having to absorb increasing costs, I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to hold the prices of many fares.

“This means that the majority of our customers will benefit by paying exactly the same for bus travel.

“However, most costs associated with operating buses are increasing and therefore we need to review our fares from time-to-time to take account of this and ensure we can continue to invest in improving services for our customers in future.”

He added: “In 2014 we introduced a number of improvements for customers including new buses, Wi-Fi and a range of fares and ticketing initiatives.

“These price changes will help support the extensive 7-day network of services offered across Sheffield, many of which are largely dependent upon fares from customers to cover their operating costs.”

In the last two years, First has invested over £16m in new buses across South Yorkshire, as well as investing in initiatives such as mobile ticketing to improve service quality for customers together with training and development for staff. Plans are now also in place to introduce further new buses into South Yorkshire later this year.

Mr Gilligan said: “I appreciate nobody likes it when prices go up but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum. The cost of travel on a First bus still represents excellent value-for-money, and customers can continue to enjoy unlimited travel across the network for less than £2 per day.

“Our aim in 2015 is to continue to give value-for-money to our customers and to build upon the customer growth we have delivered over the last two years through the award winning Sheffield Bus Partnership.”

Price changes will also affect First buses in Rotherham and Doncaster.

PRICE CHANGES

Sheffield Annual Ticket

Online/by phone - Increases from £420 to £440

Sheffield Monthly Ticket

Online/by phone/from Travel Centres - Increases from £42 to £44

Using the mTicket App - Increases from £40 to £42

Sheffield Weekly Ticket

Adult - Increases from £12 to £12.50

Sheffield Day Ticket

Adult - Increases from £3.80 to £3.90

South Yorkshire Group Day Ticket

For up to five people - Increases from £8.50 to £9

Adult Single Fares

£1.30 - Increases to £1.40

£1.40 - Increases to £1.50

£1.70 - Increases to £1.80

£1.90 - Increases to £2

£2.20 - Increases to £2.30

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