Parents Hit Out At 50% School Bus Fare Increase
8:08am 13th March 2014
An angry Mum and Dad from Bridport have slammed First Bus who hiked bus fare prices on their daughter's School route with little warning.
Alex and Melanie Freidman used to pay £100 for a 3 month bus ticket but they're now having to pay £150 for a trio of monthly tickets instead.
It equates to a 50% increase to get their daughter from Bridport to school in Lyme Regis.
They're not happy about changes to the 31 service and Melanie says they didn't even know it was coming; "What they've done is they've gotten rid of the 3 monthly bus passes for children and the yearly ones that would've have worked out cheaper so it's going to cost a lot more a year now, it's a concern."
Dad Alex is disappointed with the First Buses and says there should be a special ticket price for parents sending their children to School on the bus;
"I think there should be a concessionary school fare that's what I'd like to see, it's not fair that the fare has increased. The buses are in a terrible a state most of the time and considering the company has turned profit it would seem there's been little reinvestment into the service."
In a statement First Bus told us the service has lost hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding and decisions to increase fares on some routes are never taken lightly;
"The reality is our bus network particularly Services 31 and X53 have lost around £300,000 in financial support from local authorities in recent years. The end of this funding has meant we have had to focus on what we need to do to operate value for money services with a clear price structure. As a result of the recent restructuring, some of our fares have reduced especially on the routes operating within the Weymouth town area.
"We can assure our customers that decisions to make significant changes to our fare structure are never taken lightly but it has been done in order to secure the long-term future of our services in the area."