First buses to introduce fare changes for its South Yorkshire routes next week
First South Yorkshire is set to introduce a series of changes to its fares for routes across the region from next weekend.
From Sunday March 27, the prices of the FirstWeek Doncaster (£14) and the FirstWeek Rotherham (£14) will be held with a small 50p increase on the FirstWeek Sheffield to £13.
These tickets also remain much cheaper than previously compared to £18.50 in 2012.
Despite increases to the First4Week tickets, Doncaster £48.50 to £50, Rotherham £48.50 to £50 and Sheffield £41 to £43, these saver tickets remain cheaper than in 2012 at £65.90.
Kevin Belfield, managing director of First South Yorkshire said: “Our customers have told us how important reliability is to their journey and this price review has helped us introduce the latest measure to reduce the time the busspends at the bus stop and improve convenience for customers.
"As part of this annual review, I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to reduce and hold the prices of most fares so the majority of our customers will benefit by paying exactly the same or less for bus travel.”
“In some cases we've increased fares to reflect the fact many costs associated with operating buses are increasing and therefore we need to review our fares from time-to-time to take account of this and ensure we can continue to invest in improving services for our customers in future. These price changes will help support the extensive 7-day network of services offered across Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster many of which are largely dependent upon fares from customers to cover their operating costs.
“I appreciate nobody likes it when any prices go up but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum. The cost of travel on a First bus still represents excellent value-for-money, and customers can continue to enjoy unlimited travel across the network for less than £1.80* per day.
“Our aim in 2016 to continue to give value-for-money to our customers and to build upon the customer growth we have delivered over the last two years working together in partnership."
The range of child and FirstDay tickets will remain unchanged and still significantly cheaper than previously for example the FirstDay in Sheffield remains at only £3.90 compared to £4.60 in 2012. The price of the increasingly popular £18 10-journey ticket is also unchanged.
Across South Yorkshire some single fares will be changed to simplify travel and make payment more convenient for customers by reducing the need for change. Many single fares will be held including the popular £1 and £1.50 fares and some will be reduced for example the £1.20 to £1 with some increases such as the £1.40 to £1.50. Customers can continue to take advantage of mobile ticketing and make travel even more convenient by pre-purchasing tickets via the First Bus App.