Bus fares on the move for New Year
7:00am Friday 4th January 2013 in News
Bus users in the Falmouth, Penryn and Helston area will see a change in fares for the New Year, with some going up, and others falling or remaining frozen.
First Devon and Cornwall said that they had tried to keep the increases as small as possible, and that increasing prices was “always a measure of last resort”, but that higher fuel and operating costs in the past year had driven the changes.
Fares changed from Sunday, December 30, with the prices of most adult and child single and return fares increasing by between five pence and 25 pence.
The price of pre 9.30am and post 11pm concessionary fares on Mondays to Fridays, except public holidays, will be changing from £1.70 to £1.80. All day unlimited travel on all First buses in Cornwall will increase to £7.20 for adults, £5.50 for children and £12.40 for a family ticket.
Three day tickets will change to £16.50 for adults and £10.50 for children.
The three day family ticket will remain £30. Buyers of a seven day First Week pass will see the cost fall, with adults paying £25, down from £37, children will pay £20, the same as last year, and families will pay £35, down from £56.
The First six month travel pass will change to £440.
Marc Reddy, regional commercial director for First said: “We understand it that no one likes it when fares go up and we have done everything we can to keep any increases to the absolute minimum.
“We are also committed to only reviewing fares once a year, the last time being a year ago.
“Fare reviews are necessary because they ensure that the cost of travel adequately reflects the amount it costs for us to run the buses, while also ensuring that we make enough profit to be able to be able to invest in our networks, staff and the vehicles we operate.”