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Stagecoach Announce Fare Rises

Tuesday March 19 2013

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RISING costs and reduced public sector investment have forced up Stagecoach fares for its passengers.

The operator's confirmed that fares in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley will rise by an average of 3% from 1 April.

An independent survey last year found that Stagecoach offered the best value bus fares of any major bus operator in the UK - with prices up to 20% lower than other companies - but this news is bound to cause some controversy.

Paul Lynch, Stagecoach Yorkshire's managing director, said: "We understand that this will be frustrating for our passengers. Unfortunately we have had to take some difficult decisions but we have done our best to keep fare changes to a minimum.“

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Reply Posted by observer on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 12:05
disgusting.!!!!!..there isnt another word.theyre too often using words like...."difficult"..and "changes"..are these people real???..fuel hasnt gone up in price. will the fares go up again should it???..it seems to be a trend..ohh. theres no money about. were in a recession. no one has a job....i wonder what we can do today...hhhmmmmmm. lets have a think...oh i know, lets increase the fares...!!!!...damn you.

Reply Posted by Bus Driver on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 14:34
You're right, fuel hasn't gone up. But you're also right that the cost of living has. Thus, bus drivers should receive pay rises mapped to RPI should they not? Or do you think that they shouldn't get paid fairly?

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 20:53
No bus drivers should have their wages frozen just like nurses, paramedics, council workers, police, fire etc etc......
They only drive buses after all not save lives ......

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:43
Nurses, paramedics, council workers, the police and firemen are public sector workers all paid for by taxes. Stagecoach is a private business. The idea of a business is to make money. It might come as a shock to you but it's what all businesses strive to do.

Reply Posted by redline on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 12:27
We have not put our fares up
we are a small company our drivers are help full.we understand people do not have much but the bigger companys do not so its up to the person who they want to go on
It might be because of new buses

Reply Posted by Andrew Walker on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 12:44
I wouldnt be surprised, redline. Stagecoach seem to be pensioning off old buses and putting new ones in their place, they have just bought 8 with wi-fi internet connection, its something other coach operators havent got.

Reply Posted by Pete on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 12:57
'Reduced public sector investment'? What exactly does THAT mean? And did Stagecoach write that third paragraph themselves?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 13:22
There are numerous routes that are subsidised by public monies (administered by South Yorkshire Pasenger Transport) because they are deemed to offer a public service and not be a viable commercial route. As public spending is being cut further - the subsidy is being cut, therefore bus companies to make up this shortfall are increasing fares.

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 14:40
And don't forget the bus companies lost about £0.5million that they used to get from the council to subsidise free travel for kids with the Mi Card.

Reply Posted by MrSpoon on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 15:11
Here's the price increases

Most adult single fares will increase by 10p
Some adult returns where offered will increase by 20p
Barnsley dayrider increases from £2.90 to £3.00
Barnsley megarider increases from £11.50 to £12.00. Longer term versions available online will also increase in price.
Megarider Gold increases from £18.00 to £19.00. Longer term versions available online will also increase in price.

This is the first time in 6 years that the Megarider Plus has increased in price and when Stagecoach took over in 2006 it was priced at £12

Reply Posted by Andrew on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 17:55
I dont mind paying for a decent service but I dont think some of the outlying villages get a good service. A friend was stood in the freezing cold for over 45 mins on a Sunday because 2 buses had missed. There is a late night service on a Saturday and Friday night to one area of town but not for the other areas. If it increases reliability and services fair enough...if it to continue to line the pockets of their directors then they should be hauled over the coals

Reply Posted by Bill on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 09:38
Come on Grim be fair!
Bus drivers are not well paid, you cannot compare their wages to that of nurses and firefighters.
Nurses and firefighters quite rightly have a decent wage and very decent overtime rates of pay, I dont think anyone has a problem with that.
Also quite rightly a bus drivers pay will be less, less qualifications for the job, conditions etc. But theyre still entitled to a living wage, and remember a 2% or whatever payrise of peanuts is still peanuts.
The grass roots workers dont push the prices up.
Have a heart!

Reply Posted by MrSpoon on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 14:00
The late night service that Andrew mentioned is the N66 to Elsecar. This service is being cancelled from April 27th and will run only at Christmas and New Year weekend. Also from end of April the evening services on the 6, 12, & 43 will have their services reduced to hourly rather than every half hour. The last trip on the 44 will be the 1839

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:06
will Mi Card users be affected?

Reply Posted by clare taylor on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:07
what about putting a later bus from sheffield to barnsley,cant get home from concerts at arena sometimes as national express that used to depart at 23.35 now terminates at sheffield,last 265 has been cancelled and the one before that dont come to barnsley.u have too get off in middle of nowhere and wait for nightbus.not everyone has cars yet there are no busses

Reply Posted by anne on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:14
Should be small charge for the pensioners ,that use them , bet 20% who have them ,never use them .

Reply Posted by derek on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:20
What about a decent 218 service. Never has it been so bad till stagecoach took over

Reply Posted by A neutral on Thursday March 21 2013 at 13:39
Firstly @derek the 218 is run from the rawmarsh depot if im not mistaken so has nothing to do with stagecoach in barnsley and the dearne valley. As for the services that are being cut or reduced, no one decision will please everyone and savings have to be made somewhere. Like in life it is one on those decision that people will have to live with and dispite the rise in prices, travelling on public transport will still be more financially viable for those without there own access to transport like myself.

Reply Posted by Mr Spoon on Thursday March 21 2013 at 15:21
The only change to the 218 is the 0455 departure from Mexborough, it will now depart 5 mins earlier at 0450. Mi Card users not affected by price changes only those students and children who currently pay 60p will now pay 70p.