Bus fares up by 5% from Monday

The First Depot Bus Depot, Lockett Road, South Lancs Industrial Estate was officially opened by Beverley Bell, North West Traffic Commissioner.'Pictured with Beverley is Dave Alexander, Regional MD First Buses
The First Depot Bus Depot, Lockett Road, South Lancs Industrial Estate was officially opened by Beverley Bell, North West Traffic Commissioner.'Pictured with Beverley is Dave Alexander, Regional MD First Buses

SHEFFIELD’S biggest bus operator, First, is increasing fares by an average of 5% from Monday.

The company said that after freezing most prices for two years, it was reflecting higher costs, primarily fuel costing up to 30% more, but also an increase in fuel duty.

The cost of most single tickets is going up by 10p.

A Sheffield day ticket will cost £4.60 instead of £4.30 and weekly £18.50 instead of £17.50.

Monthly tickets are unchanged at £65.90.

Regional managing director Dave Alexander said: “We appreciate nobody likes it when prices go up but we have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum by introducing savings within our business to offset cost increases.

“Despite some of these price changes, the cost of travel on a First bus still represents great value for money and, with monthly tickets not increasing, customers can continue to travel from less than £2 per day.”

Stagecoach, the other major bus operator in the Sheffield region, said it had no plans at this stage to increase fares.