Fares on the buses set to be increased

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BUS company Stagecoach has announced further fare rises in South Yorkshire – this time in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley.

The company, which is already increasing single tram fares, its combined bus and tram Dayrider and Explorer tickets in Sheffield, is putting 10p on many adult single and return fares across all routes in Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster. The increases are the first for two years.

Most lower-value single tickets such as the £1.10 and £1.30, plus the £1.90 and £2.30 return tickets, remain unchanged.

Other bus tickets are frozen, too, including the £4 Barnsley Dayrider and £8 weekly Megarider, while the Dearne Valley Dayrider is still £3.70 and the Megarider £10.50 – cheaper than in 2007.

The firm said fares are increasing across the country due to a £1.3 million rise in its fuel bill.

Stagecoach has frozen the cost of weekly and monthly tram and bus tickets in Sheffield, along with single fares on its bus network in the city.

Rival operator First South Yorkshire said it is not bringing in any price rises at the current time.

The firm is seeking to grow the market and may launch further offers.