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12 May 2016
Stagecoach North Scotland confirmed today, Thursday 12th May 2016, that it has frozen prices on all bus fares across the North Scotland region.
The cost of bus tickets will not change in 2016 and Stagecoach North Scotland will continue to offer unlimited weekly travel from just £10.
The bus fares have been frozen despite continuing rising costs for operators in Scotland. Revenue from fares underpins continued investment in new vehicles and technology for customers. Stagecoach North Scotland has invested over £8.3m in the past 12 months in brand new vehicles, benefitting customers across the region.
Stagecoach has also invested in smart ticketing as well as a new website within the past 12 months which allows customers to access live bus times and buy tickets on mobile devices. All buses across North Scotland are fitted with satellite tracking meaning customers can now track bus arrivals at their stop from the new fully mobile website.
Research by Stagecoach earlier this year showed that bus travel costs are around 55% cheaper than the same commute by car, saving passengers an average of more than £90 a month.
Stagecoach also operates the country’s first and only long-term nationwide discounted bus travel scheme for jobseekers, whereby holders of a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card qualify for half-price single and return tickets on Stagecoach’s 6,500 buses in the UK outside London.
Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We work hard to keep costs down for our customers and are pleased to be able to freeze fares. We hope the freeze at last year's prices will also attract even more people to try our services across the North Scotland network.
“We are continuing to see reduced public sector support for bus services as local authority budgets continue to be squeezed.
“As the cost of motoring remains high in comparison, our bus services continue to offer a greener, smarter and better value way to travel and we are committed to re-investing income from fares in new vehicles and further improvements for passengers."