Price hike blow for passengers on the buses in Leeds

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Bus users in Leeds were today told to brace themselves for a round of fare rises.

First Leeds, the city’s biggest bus operator, is bringing in the new pricing structure from next Sunday, October 16.

Passengers buying tickets from their driver will see a 10p rise on most single fares and some return fares.

Day tickets will go up by 20p and Leeds-wide weekly tickets by 50p when they are purchased from a driver.

A number of other fares, however, will remain unchanged, including the firm’s £20 West Yorkshire weekly pass and its monthly and annual tickets.

Most day and weekly prices have been frozen for purchases made using First’s mobile Ticket app.

First Leeds head of commercial Paul Turner said: “We have worked hard to keep any increases to a minimum, but from time to time, we need to review our fares to meet the rising costs that we face as a business.

“Travel by First Bus still offers great value for money, and we have focussed on keeping weekly, monthly and annual passes as affordable as possible.”

Mr Turner added: “We’d encourage more bus customers to purchase their tickets in advance of boarding, where possible, in order to take advantage of the discounted fares available, and to assist with quicker boarding times.

“We already have 15,000 people using the mobile Ticket app, and with the news that we now offer a more competitive rate for off-board ticketing, we expect this figure to continue to rise.”

First Leeds says the majority of the fares that are going up later this month have remained unchanged since the start of 2015.

For full ticket information, visit the www.firstgroup.com/leeds website.

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