Stagecoach to hike fares in South Yorkshire from next weekend

Picture of a Stagecoach Yorkshire bus: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
Picture of a Stagecoach Yorkshire bus: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com
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Prices on Stagecoach buses across South Yorkshire are increasing from April 12.

The majority of single fares will increase by 10p and the adult weekly Megarider ticket will increase by 50p.

The firm also said some ‘saver tickets’ are to rise by an average of three per cent.

This is a second blow to local bus users, as First buses implemented similar increases last weekend.

Bus user Debbie Farr said: “I don’t think they should increase it. All they ever seem to change is the fares and they always seem to go up. They will be doing it on the trams next.”

Andrew Wainsaid: “I don’t know where these fares come from and how they decide them. It doesn’t seem fair. I am a pensioner so I don’t have to pay but it’s going to be difficult for younger commuters.”

Rachel Harrison said: “My daughter has started driving everywhere because the bus fares keep going up. It’s particularly bad for the young ones.”

Stagecoach said the fare rises are partly down to increasing staff costs and cuts to the reimbursement paid to bus operators under the government’s free concessionary bus travel scheme.

Stagecoach Yorkshire managing director Paul Lynch said: “Despite low general inflation, many sectors of the economy are facing rising costs and buses are no different.

“We have done our best to hold down prices for our customers. We still have the lowest bus fares of any major bus operator in Britain and catching the bus is still significantly cheaper than commuting by car.”

Not all Stagecoach fares are increasing - the weekly Sheffield Bus and Tram Megarider, Sheffield Megarider Bus monthly ticket and the weekly Sheffield Student Megarider are all frozen in price.