Child bus fares set to rise

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CHILD concessionary fares on public transport in South Yorkshire are set to rise – but bosses say they will still be the cheapest outside London.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority – councillors who oversee transport policy – will vote on plans to increase the flat 40p charge to 50p on Thursday. The move aims to save £1.33 million over the next year.

Members also face a recommendation that further 10p rises should come into effect in April 2012 and April 2013.

David Brown, director general of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which implements transport policy for the ITA, said: “No-one likes fares going up but we all have to make our own responses to the wider financial climate. South Yorkshire is currently the cheapest metropolitan area in the country outside London for child bus fares and even if the ITA approves this recommendation it would still be the cheapest.

“If child bus fares had gone up with inflation in the eight years since the 40 pence fare was introduced in 2003, they would already be 60 pence, rather than the 40 pence they have been held at.”