Stagecoach bus fares increase

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BUS fares went up this week for passengers on Stagecoach buses in Sheffield.

The increases – mainly 10p – follow the higher fares introduced at the start of last month by the city’s biggest bus operator, First.

Stagecoach Yorkshire commercial director Rupert Cox said: “After delaying a rise for as long as possible, we have reluctantly reviewed our single and return fares in Sheffield. Most have increased by 10p and some returns by 20p. The last time these fares went up was 2010 and some haven’t changed in three years.”

Stagecoach’s daily and weekly saver tickets are being held at the same price. A Sheffield bus dayrider remains £3.20 and a bus megarider, £10.50.

Mr Cox said: “We are committed to providing good value, high quality travel. Since launching in Sheffield in 2006 we have invested about £13m in nearly 100 new vehicles and research published just last month by transport specialists TAS found weekly bus travel with Stagecoach is on average 17.5% cheaper than other bus operators.”

First’s fares went up by an average of 5%, with the company pointing to fuel costs going up by as much as 30%.