Child bus fares to rise on Sunday 1st April
Child Concessionary bus fares in South Yorkshire are to rise from 50p to 60p from this Sunday 1 April.
The rise is necessary to protect services following a cut in transport budgets. A further 10p rise is due to come into effect in April 2013.
Child concessionary fares in South Yorkshire are the lowest in the metropolitan areas of England outside of London and even after the rise are likely to remain the lowest as others review their own fares.
Last year’s rise from 40p to 50p was the first rise in child concessionary fares since October 2003. During that time child patronage on buses in South Yorkshire rose from about 17 million passengers per year to around 18.5 million per year – a nine per cent increase.
If the child fare had gone up in line with inflation over the past eight years it would already be 60p.
Mick Jameson, chair of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, said: “We are all under pressure to find savings as a result of the national financial situation and so reluctantly we have to bring in this fare change.
“We are keen to remind people that it will be 60p from Sunday – so that children will have the right money in their pocket when they get on the bus.”
Notes to schools and parents:
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Facts about public transport in South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is the driving force behind the development of public transport networks in South Yorkshire.
SYPTE implements the decisions of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA), which is made up of 12 elected councillors from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
SYITA and SYPTE are members of the Travel South Yorkshire partnership. The aim of the partnership is to bring public transport together, encourage more people to use it, make it easier to understand and deliver new, innovative public transport products and services. All the transport operators in the county are also members of the Travel South Yorkshire partnership. For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com
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