Fares fair? Bus prices to go up again

Buses make their way along Westborough. 121524a
Buses make their way along Westborough. 121524a

BUS fares in Scarborough are set to rise again on Saturday due to a Government increase on fuel tax.

East Yorkshire Motor Services say they have “no other option” as their service operator grant is being cut by £600,000 a year.

Commercial manager Bob Rackley said: “We regret having to increase fares, but the Government has forced this on us.

“The increase amounts to about 8p a litre, with a further 3p per litre increase coming in Autumn. It has just left us with no other option.”

Single ticket fares will increase as follows:

l Fares below £1.35 will increase by 5p.

l Fares between £1.40 and £2.35 will increase by 10p.

l Fares between £2.40 and £3.35 will increase by 15p.

l Fares between £3.40 and £4.35 will increase by 20p.

l Fares between £4.40 and £5.35 will increase by 25p.

l Fares between £5.40 and £6.35 will increase by 30p.

l Fares between £6.40 and £7.35 will increase by 35p.

l Fares between £7.40 and £8.35 will increase by 40p.

l Fares between £8.40 and £9.35 will increase by 45p.

l Fares between £9.40 and £10.35 will increase by 50p.

Return and weekly fares will rise in accordance with these single fare increases.

Scarborough Park and Ride tickets and Open Top Bus tickets will not change in price.

Cleaner Jane Noble, 52, of Eastfield, is a regular bus user and has just sent off for her 10 per cent discount card.

She said: “Unfortunately, with the fuel costs, there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Mum of three Lisa Lofthouse, 27, of Colescliffe Road, said: “I think it’s rather disgusting. People are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and take the bus, but the cost is working out just as much.

“It seems like bus fares have being going up every six months recently.”

Retired hotelier Jean Pashby, of South Cliff, said: “I have a bus pass, but I do appreciate this will affect people who have to pay.

“The costs really can add up over the course of a week. Having said that, the service on the number four is very good.”

Retired marine engineer Peter England, 71, of Holbeck Hill, said: “I forgot my pass last week and it cost £2.40 to get to town and back.”