Further hike on children’s bus fares

A First bus
A First bus

CHILDREN’s bus fares in South Yorkshire have gone up by 20 pence in just two years.

The latest price hike from 50 pence to 60 pence will begin on Sunday, following last year’s rise from 40 pence.

South Yorkshire Transport Authority blamed cuts in transport budgets and warned that the cost would increase by a further ten pence in April next year.

They said that child concessionary fares in the region are the lowest outside of London and even after the rise are likely to remain the lowest as others review their own fares.

Mick Jameson, chair of the 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 60p from Sunday – so that children will have the right money in their pocket when they get on the bus.”

Last year’s rise from 40p to 50p was the first rise in child concessionary fares since October 2003. During that time child patronage on buses in South Yorkshire rose from about 17 million passengers per year to around 18.5 million per year – a nine per cent increase.