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Fares blow to train and bus passengers

PUBLIC transport passengers in Solihull will be hit by a double whammy as both train and bus fares are set to soar in the new year.

PUBLIC transport passengers in Solihull will be hit by a double whammy as both train and bus fares are set to soar in the new year.

Rail users should brace themselves for an average 5.9 per cent fare increase from January 2 while bus passengers will see at least a 10 pence increase on every ticket.

As revealed earlier this month, bus operator National Express will introduce a 10p increase for single tickets while Daysaver tickets will jump by an extra 20p. Weekly tickets will cost passengers an extra 50p.

Peter Coates, managingdDirector for National Express Bus UK, said: “We realise these are tough times and have kept the increase to a minimum in line with inflation. The price rise will allow us to continue our significant investment into the region’s bus network and meet rising business costs.”

Local train company London Midland said its fares would only increase by an average of 4.2 per cent but other networks increases would almost double that as an advance single from London to Birmingham with Virgin Trains is set to go up 8.1 per cent to £20.

 

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