First Bus fares to increase in new year

Gazette: First Bus fares to increase in new year First Bus fares to increase in new year

COMMUTERS will be hit with bus fare increases in the new year.

First, which operates the majority of Essex’s buses, has blamed the rise on rising fuel and mechanical parts for its vehicles.

Information on what single and return fares will go up by will be released at the end of the month, but the company has announced a series of increases for its long-term tickets.

In Basildon, day tickets for travel out of the borough will rise 20p to £6.20, while weekly travel will go up £1 to £25.

Monthly tickets are now priced £88.

Inner-town travel in Basildon will remain the same.

In Southend, daily tickets will rise 10p to £3.60, while monthly tickets will rise £2 to £44.

A spokesman for First said: “The current economic climate is extremely challenging, particularly for transport providers.

“Costs on fuel and parts for vehicles have risen dramatically in recent years and it’s always regrettable when customers are impacted negatively by fare revisions such as these.”

For a full list of fare changes, visit www.firstgroup.

com/ukbus/essex or call 08456 020121.

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8:23am Fri 20 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi...
Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi... Nowthatsworthknowing

8:54am Fri 20 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi...
Unless there are 4 of you, when it may be cheaper to take a taxi.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi...[/p][/quote]Unless there are 4 of you, when it may be cheaper to take a taxi. Nebs

9:06am Fri 20 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Even more empty seats in the New Year then?
Even more empty seats in the New Year then? totallyfootball

9:48am Fri 20 Dec 13

I See It All says...

Do first get their fuel from a special source? As far as I am aware fuel prices are dropping, hence the fall in the recently released CPI figures.
Do first get their fuel from a special source? As far as I am aware fuel prices are dropping, hence the fall in the recently released CPI figures. I See It All

1:29pm Fri 20 Dec 13

beejiu says...

£6.20 for day's travel compared to £4.40 for unlimited bus travel in London. How do they justify that 40% difference? Of course, the bus companies know they don't need passengers. They hike up fares to reduce passenger numbers, rather than expand their services. Then they go back to the council and central government asking for yet more bus subsidy. Lots of money for doing nothing at all.
£6.20 for day's travel compared to £4.40 for unlimited bus travel in London. How do they justify that 40% difference? Of course, the bus companies know they don't need passengers. They hike up fares to reduce passenger numbers, rather than expand their services. Then they go back to the council and central government asking for yet more bus subsidy. Lots of money for doing nothing at all. beejiu

1:37pm Fri 20 Dec 13

emcee says...

The UK, (as a whole) is one of the most expensive in the world when it comes to public transport fares and, I believe, London IS the most expensive city in the world for public transport.
Mile for mile Southend/Basildon are extremely expensive compared to some other towns around the country. As an individual it may be cheaper to travel on a bus than any other form of motorised transport but as a family it may, indeed, be cheaper by taxi (which is also extortionate). With routes being cut back all the time, unrelaibility and high fares, is it any wonder nobody wants to use the buses.
There simply is no public transport strategy in Southend/Basildon. Transport strategies take a long time to plan an implement and even longer (several years) for any benefit to come from them. However, nobody has ever had the will to do anything about it and that is why we have such a poor public transport system. Even though they get huge subsidies, private bus companies are entitled to run their business however they want to and the Council or the Government refuse to interfere with their profit making.
How about Cllr Tony Cox starts the ball rolling on a proper public transport strategy for the town. Well, Mr Cox? No? Somehow I didn't think so. Too much work involved, eh?
What really needs to happen is the renationalisation of public transport (and anything else this country relies on, like fuel). Maybe then we will see these services run for the benefit of the people and not for the share holders or fat-cat bosses.
The UK, (as a whole) is one of the most expensive in the world when it comes to public transport fares and, I believe, London IS the most expensive city in the world for public transport. Mile for mile Southend/Basildon are extremely expensive compared to some other towns around the country. As an individual it may be cheaper to travel on a bus than any other form of motorised transport but as a family it may, indeed, be cheaper by taxi (which is also extortionate). With routes being cut back all the time, unrelaibility and high fares, is it any wonder nobody wants to use the buses. There simply is no public transport strategy in Southend/Basildon. Transport strategies take a long time to plan an implement and even longer (several years) for any benefit to come from them. However, nobody has ever had the will to do anything about it and that is why we have such a poor public transport system. Even though they get huge subsidies, private bus companies are entitled to run their business however they want to and the Council or the Government refuse to interfere with their profit making. How about Cllr Tony Cox starts the ball rolling on a proper public transport strategy for the town. Well, Mr Cox? No? Somehow I didn't think so. Too much work involved, eh? What really needs to happen is the renationalisation of public transport (and anything else this country relies on, like fuel). Maybe then we will see these services run for the benefit of the people and not for the share holders or fat-cat bosses. emcee

2:02pm Fri 20 Dec 13

max zorin says...

welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).
welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think). max zorin

2:58pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

max zorin wrote:
welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).
If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES
[quote][p][bold]max zorin[/bold] wrote: welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).[/p][/quote]If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES Nowthatsworthknowing

3:36pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
max zorin wrote:
welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).
If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES
Money losing routes will be abolished, this is the 21st century, not 1930
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]max zorin[/bold] wrote: welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).[/p][/quote]If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES[/p][/quote]Money losing routes will be abolished, this is the 21st century, not 1930 Nowthatsworthknowing

6:01pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Having today waited for a bus which missed out two in a row I dont think they deserve to rise fares. petrol prices do not warrant a rise. Here in Southend the service is a disgrace as are the prices compared to elsewhere. The new Arriva buses hold less than all previous buses which cause problems too.
It is cheaper to use the car now and so bus drivers will lose jobs and routes will continue to be reduced. False economy.
Having today waited for a bus which missed out two in a row I dont think they deserve to rise fares. petrol prices do not warrant a rise. Here in Southend the service is a disgrace as are the prices compared to elsewhere. The new Arriva buses hold less than all previous buses which cause problems too. It is cheaper to use the car now and so bus drivers will lose jobs and routes will continue to be reduced. False economy. jolllyboy

6:56pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Suffolkcommuter says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi...
Or going by car. And they get to work quicker in the bus lanes than I do.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Oh never mind, still cheaper than a taxi...[/p][/quote]Or going by car. And they get to work quicker in the bus lanes than I do. Suffolkcommuter

9:03pm Fri 20 Dec 13

mirokou says...

Under the Public Transport banner they receive 40% subsidy on fuel plus subsidies for running the service plus tax concessions…Howeve
r it's actually cheaper for my family to get a Taxi into town than for all of use to go on the bus..Taxi comes to my house takes me direct, drops me off at a location that suits me and its cheaper.. Madness in modern rip off Britain… Well i've yet to find a well run privatised former Public Service
Under the Public Transport banner they receive 40% subsidy on fuel plus subsidies for running the service plus tax concessions…Howeve r it's actually cheaper for my family to get a Taxi into town than for all of use to go on the bus..Taxi comes to my house takes me direct, drops me off at a location that suits me and its cheaper.. Madness in modern rip off Britain… Well i've yet to find a well run privatised former Public Service mirokou

1:05am Sat 21 Dec 13

beejiu says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
max zorin wrote:
welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).
If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES
I don't travel by bus. But I am still subsidising everybody else, through my taxes, to do so. It's not like you can say 'Don't like it, go somewhere else.' Our taxes make up a huge part of the income for bus companies. We should rightly have some say in how they are run, whether we use them or not.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]max zorin[/bold] wrote: welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).[/p][/quote]If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES[/p][/quote]I don't travel by bus. But I am still subsidising everybody else, through my taxes, to do so. It's not like you can say 'Don't like it, go somewhere else.' Our taxes make up a huge part of the income for bus companies. We should rightly have some say in how they are run, whether we use them or not. beejiu

7:28am Sat 21 Dec 13

JacobSladder says...

I see no justification for increasing fares until First increases its standard of service. I buy a Plusbus ticket to reduce costs and then find myself the prisoner of the shockingly depleted service from Benfleet station. I regularly find myself waiting in vain for the 6.05 and 6.16 in freezing conditions while any number of buses go by destined for a place called "Sorry..Not in Service". Perhaps they could be used to take passengers up Essex Way....that is their route to Hadleigh depot isn't it? They could call it the 26 route after the one that was discontinued........
.that went up Essex Way!!!!!!
I see no justification for increasing fares until First increases its standard of service. I buy a Plusbus ticket to reduce costs and then find myself the prisoner of the shockingly depleted service from Benfleet station. I regularly find myself waiting in vain for the 6.05 and 6.16 in freezing conditions while any number of buses go by destined for a place called "Sorry..Not in Service". Perhaps they could be used to take passengers up Essex Way....that is their route to Hadleigh depot isn't it? They could call it the 26 route after the one that was discontinued........ .that went up Essex Way!!!!!! JacobSladder

7:29am Sat 21 Dec 13

JacobSladder says...

I see no justification for increasing fares until First increases its standard of service. I buy a Plusbus ticket to reduce costs and then find myself the prisoner of the shockingly depleted service from Benfleet station. I regularly find myself waiting in vain for the 6.05 and 6.16 in freezing conditions while any number of buses go by destined for a place called "Sorry..Not in Service". Perhaps they could be used to take passengers up Essex Way....that is their route to Hadleigh depot isn't it? They could call it the 26 route after the one that was discontinued........
.that went up Essex Way!!!!!!
I see no justification for increasing fares until First increases its standard of service. I buy a Plusbus ticket to reduce costs and then find myself the prisoner of the shockingly depleted service from Benfleet station. I regularly find myself waiting in vain for the 6.05 and 6.16 in freezing conditions while any number of buses go by destined for a place called "Sorry..Not in Service". Perhaps they could be used to take passengers up Essex Way....that is their route to Hadleigh depot isn't it? They could call it the 26 route after the one that was discontinued........ .that went up Essex Way!!!!!! JacobSladder

9:15am Sat 21 Dec 13

Nebs says...

All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.
All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation. Nebs

3:23pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
max zorin wrote:
welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).
If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES
Money losing routes will be abolished, this is the 21st century, not 1930
Quite right, it's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what is. Apparently some of these plebs have no other choice than to use the bus to get to work, but like you, I couldn't care less. I only want my taxes going on useful things, like the replacement of Trident, tax breaks for the super rich, and Lord H's clocking-in scam.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]max zorin[/bold] wrote: welcome to rip off britain where only the rich matter (at least thats what the tories think).[/p][/quote]If you don't like, don't use - SIMPLES[/p][/quote]Money losing routes will be abolished, this is the 21st century, not 1930[/p][/quote]Quite right, it's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what is. Apparently some of these plebs have no other choice than to use the bus to get to work, but like you, I couldn't care less. I only want my taxes going on useful things, like the replacement of Trident, tax breaks for the super rich, and Lord H's clocking-in scam. Mail Member 4 Colchester

5:08pm Sat 21 Dec 13

emcee says...

Nebs wrote:
All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.
And there are, indeed, quite a few cities throughout the world that do this. Because of this you will find that many more people use the buses in these cities than would otherwise use a car, meaning less congestion and less air pollution.

It'll never, ever, happen here as a standard, though. Too many shareholders and fat-cats with their heads in the trough.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: All public transport should be free at the point of use, paid for out of general taxation.[/p][/quote]And there are, indeed, quite a few cities throughout the world that do this. Because of this you will find that many more people use the buses in these cities than would otherwise use a car, meaning less congestion and less air pollution. It'll never, ever, happen here as a standard, though. Too many shareholders and fat-cats with their heads in the trough. emcee

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