Children’s bus fares are hit by increase

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YOUNG people and their parents are set to be hit by a rise in children’s bus fares – the third in three years.

Concessionary charges for school pupils and college students are going up from 60p to 70p from Monday across South Yorkshire.

The 16.6 per cent increase is the third year in which fares have gone up by 10p, representing a 75 per cent increase over this time.

South Yorkshire’s Passenger Transport Executive has blamed a cut in transport budgets for the hike, which will affect passengers using all service providers. Children with a zero fare pass will not be affected.

The group said fares for under 18s in full-time education in South Yorkshire are the lowest in the metropolitan areas of England outside of London even after the rise.

Mick Jameson, chair of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, said: “We are all under pressure to find savings as a result of the national financial situation and so reluctantly we have to bring in this fare change.

“We are keen to remind people that it will be 70p from Monday – so that children will have the right money in their pocket when they get on the bus.”

The rise is the latest in a new wave of fares being introduced from April 1. Single fares on First buses across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster are set to increase by 10p. Day tickets are going up 20p and weekly tickets by 50p.