Stagecoach announce fare rise

STAGECOACH has confirmed fares will increase due to rising operating costs.

The operator announced on Friday that passengers will see an average four per cent rise on ticket prices.

Stagecoach said the 3p on fuel duty proposed by Westminster and changes by the Scottish Government to the Bus Service Operators Grant would see fuel tax on bus passengers rise by 32 per cent.

Charlie Mullen, managing director of Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “These damaging government tax hikes, combined with rising costs, are having a direct impact on bus fares and services across Scotland. We have had to take some very tough decisions, but we have worked hard to keep fares down for those who rely on the bus the most. Our bus services continue to offer a greener, smarter and better value way to travel and we will also continue to re-invest the income from fares in improvements for passengers.”

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