STAGECOACH has reviewed some of its bus fares in North Derbyshire following a steep increase in costs.
Stagecoach, which uses almost 13m litres of diesel a year and faces a jump of more than £1.3m on its fuel bill, has changed some of its ticket prices in Chesterfield.
However, regular bus passengers will benefit from Stagecoach’s popular Chesterfield area daily and weekly saver tickets being held at the same price – from £2.60 for a Chesterfield area dayrider and £8.50 for a megarider ticket.
Most lower-value single tickets such as the popular 80p, 90p, £1.20, £1.50, £1.70, £2 and £2.50 fares and the £1.30, £1.50, £2, £2.40, £2.80, £3.20 and £4 returns also remain unchanged.
As of last Friday, there will be a 10p rise on many adult single and return fares across all routes in Chesterfield, with a small number of singles reducing by 10p.
The Adult Explorer, which allows travel on Stagecoach services in south and west Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Gainsborough and on Sheffield Supertram, goes up from £5 to £5.20 - the first price rise on this ticket since March 2008.
Virtually all Stagecoach bus fares in Sheffield remain the same, including all singles, returns, weekly, monthly and annual megarider tickets, as well as the popular bus only Dayrider ticket.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has also put up child concessionary bus fares in South Yorkshire from 40p to 50p.
Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We have worked hard to delay this review for as long as possible but, reluctantly, we can no longer do so.
“Where possible, we have kept the cost of our popular lower value fares unchanged and trust that our passengers will recognise the commitment we have shown to loyal customers by holding the price of saver tickets and protecting prices for those customers who rely on our services the most.
“Our day and megarider tickets still represent excellent value for money with unlimited travel from only £8.50 in Chesterfield.
“However, we will be making some small increases to other tickets as a result of rising costs such as increasing fuel prices. We have worked hard to keep these to a minimum but suffer the same inflation costs as our passengers.
“Our average fare increase is much lower than the increasing cost of private motoring and, in some cases, fares are going up for the first time in many years.
“We will continue to offer value for money public transport and, with the rocketing price of motoring, switching to greener, smarter bus travel makes even more sense than ever.”
For further information about Stagecoach services in South Yorkshire and Chesterfield visit www.stagecoachbus.com.