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21 Apr 2022
STAGECOACH CONFIRMS NEW FARES FOR PASSENGERS IN THE EAST OF SCOTLAND
Stagecoach East Scotland has confirmed changes to bus fares from Sunday 8th May 2022.
The new ticket prices will add on average 4.8% onto the cost of bus travel.
These increases reflect the rising costs of running services. Since 2019, costs across the bus industry have risen by around 12%, mainly driven by fuel and staff wage increases. Fare increases being made are below the annual rate of inflation (RPI) of 9%*.
In 2021 Stagecoach East Scotland simplified its fares and tickets to make them more consistent and easier to understand. The new ticket options meant that many single fares reduced in price and it created new multi- journey zones and tickets offering more flexible travel options such as a new Flexi 5 ticket, offering a saving of 20%. On average, most ticket types were reduced in price, with the regional East Scotland DayRider ticket being reduced in price from £14 down to £9 at that time.
Almost all the money received in fares goes towards paying for the day-to-day running of services as well as investing in improvements. The amount of money bus operators receive in fares to keep services running remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels.
Last year, the operator announced that it was introducing a further 46 new fully electric buses representing an investment of £21.4m across Scotland as part of its drive to improve air quality and support the Scottish Government’s environmental targets.
Douglas Robertson, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “
us operators are seeing significant cost inflation, primarily driven by increased fuel and staffing costs. At the same time, the money bus operators receive in fares to keep services running remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels.
For more information about ticketing and fares, visit www.stagecoachbus.com.
*Current RPI inflation rate is 9%