Stagecoach to hike fares in Chesterfield from next weekend

A Stagecoach bus.
A Stagecoach bus.

Prices on Stagecoach buses across Chesterfield are increasing.

From Sunday, April 12, the company’s adult Chesterfield Dayrider ticket will rise by 10p and the weekly Chesterfield Megarider will increase by 50p.

The Chesterfield Dayrider Plus is to go up by 20p while the Chesterfield Megarider Plus will rise by 50p. The evening ticket – valid after 6pm – will cost £2.30.

Stagecoach said the hikes are partly down to increasing staff costs.

Bus user Debbie Farr said: “All they ever seem to change is the fares and they always seem to go up.”

Andrew Wainsaid said: “I’m a pensioner so I don’t have to pay but it’s going to be difficult for younger commuters.”

Rachel Harrison said: “My daughter has started driving everywhere because the bus fares keep going up. It’s particularly bad for the young ones.”

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Despite low general inflation many sectors of the economy are facing rising costs and buses are no different.

“We have done our best to hold down prices for our customers.

“We still have the lowest fares of any major bus operator in Britain.”

A Stagecoach spokesman added: “Fare money is used to invest in more modern, greener vehicles, smart-ticketing and improved services.

“In the last 12 months, Stagecoach has invested £1.2million in new vehicles including the region’s first fleet of premium double deckers operating between Matlock, Chesterfield and Sheffield.

“Recent research shows that travelling by Stagecoach in Chesterfield remains significantly cheaper than commuting by car,” the spokesman added.

The Megarider Gold and Explorer day tickets, which are valid for use on bus and tram services in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South and West Yorkshire and Gainsborough, have been frozen.