BUS passengers in Scarborough have been hit with fare increases.
The town’s services have risen again as operator East Yorkshire Motor Services battles to negotiate major Government funding cuts and the crippling fuel costs.
The new fares are already in operation on buses across the town.
However, bosses have admitted further increases could be set for the new year as cuts in the fuel tax rebate for bus operators takes an even firmer grip on finances.
The changes include:
l Single fares between 70p and £1.45 increasing by 5p
l Single fares between £1.50 and £2.45 increasing by 10p
l Single fares between £2.50 and £3.45 increasing by 15p
l Single fares between £3.50 and £4.45 increasing by 20p
l Single fares between £4.50 and £5.45 increasing by 25p
l Single fares between £5.50 and £6.45 increasing 30p
l Single fares between £6.50 and £7.45 increasing by 35p
Peter Shipp, chairman of East Yorkshire Motor Services, said the rises were an unfortunate necessity after the company was hit by a loss of a £700,000 local authority payment from its concessionary bus pass scheme.
He also added the company was bracing itself for further tough decisions with duty increases pencilled in for January and August next year.
He said: “The last thing we want to do is put prices up because we know the pressure that is on people’s purses at the moment and the affect that is having on passengers making journeys.
“But the problem is that for every penny that goes on fuel in increases, it costs us about an extra £1,500 a week.
“We have warned about this for a long time and there could be more to come because of the fuel increases and the grant duty cut will just add to it all.”
Under the changes, Scarborough weekly tickets will now be £10 for seven consecutive days travel in the town zone.
Scarborough Day Rover tickets will also rise to £4 for adults, though the rise has been postponed until January next year to ease financial stress over the festive period.
Fares on the town’s Park and Ride will not be increasing.
East Yorkshire Motor Services was set up 85 years ago.
It has a fleet of 350 buses, with many running under the Scarborough and District banner in the town.