Is fare rise worth it?

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What can you buy for 20 pence in Sheffield today?

The answer is, not very much. 
So it would be easy to look at the latest increase in bus fares and think it was just another way to meet rising costs, a few pennies here, a few pennies there.

But when you examine that extra 20p a day in, day out, a different story emerges.

And for some passengers the new price is a real cause for concern.

David Binns struggles to walk and has no other way of getting to the city centre than by bus.

He relies on public transport, as well as benefits because of his health, and is one of many who will see his daily fare go up by 10 per cent. For the £1.50 fares, that rises to 13 per cent , which seems like a steep hike indeed.

Even pensioners who don’t have to pay for their travel have said the rise will affect many other people.

Kath Fry told The Star that she believes it could even stop them using the bus, pushing more people back to their car.

And our online readers have also expressed their concerns.

First bosses say any increases have been kept to a’ minimum’, are needed to meet rising business costs and the changes represent an average rise of three per cent, a similar level to inflation.
Many fares such as the £1 single fare and South Yorkshire wide tickets have been frozen at current prices, and the operator has also unveiled its new child day and weekly tickets at £2 and £5 as a way for families to save money.

Those will undoubtably be a welcome measure for hard-up students at schools and colleges across the city, as well as their parents.

It would be interesting to see how many people will be worse off financially because of this review, and how many would see a benefit.

We want to hear from readers on how they will be affected by the changes to bus services – both positive or negative. Send your views to us by contacting the Star newsroom or joining the debate online.

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