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MARIA JOINS BUS FARE FIGHT

April 8 2016.


Local MP Maria Caulfield has joined constituents in writing to Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company to convey her concerns relating to their increase in fares.


In a statement to service users, Brighton & Hove Bus Company announced what will be to many a substantial change in their fare structure, with the introduction of two zones – CitySaver & NetworkSaver.

Currently, those using the services provided by Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company can purchase a return ticket from anywhere within the area covered by the Company using a DaySaver for £4.70 (if purchased on the bus).

From the 26th April, this system will change, with those travelling from outside of Brighton & Hove required to purchase a NetworkSaver at an increased charge of £6.50 (if purchased on the bus), whilst those travelling only within the city, will again see an increase, with fares rising to £5 (if purchased on the bus).

Although cheaper options are available online using the companies ‘key card’, the Lewes MP remains concerned by the effect that such increases could have on her constituents.

Maria explained: “Bus services remain vital to many of my constituents, no matter their age, with residents travelling from across the area to attend college, work and in many cases health related appointments.

“I am therefore deeply apprehensive by the effect that such an increase could have on constituents. Only recently when speaking with local students, I was informed that the cost of bus travel was already a concern. Furthermore, it should be remembered that not all of those using this mode of transport have access to free travel, including those that use it as a method to attend health facilities.

“I would urge Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company to review this decision, and would call upon constituents to do the same.”


38% INCREASE IN THE FARE. DO YOU HAVE A VIEW? EMAIL: news@haven-news.com