Bus fare rises just around the corner in Leeds

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The biggest bus firm in Leeds has announced plans for a round of New Year fare rises.

First Bus in Leeds will be introducing the revised prices on Monday, January 4 – the day when many people will be going back to work after the festive break.

Affected tickets include First Month Leeds (£54 to £55), First 3 Month West Yorkshire (£195 to £200) and First Year Leeds (£540 to £550).

It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as the operator’s single, daily and weekly ticket prices will remain unchanged.

And First has also announced a new money-saving offer designed to get more people on the buses at the weekends.

The company is offering £5 day tickets for up to five people travelling in a group anywhere in Leeds on Saturdays and Sundays throughout January.

That deal represents a saving of nearly 40 per cent on the current group ticket price of £8.20.

Discounts are also available for people who make their month-long ticket purchases on a smartphone via the mTicket app.

Paul Turner, head of commercial for First Bus in Leeds, said: “From time to time we need to review our fares to meet rising costs and I’m pleased that we’ve kept any increases to an absolute minimum with most prices unchanged.

“Travel by First Bus in Leeds is still excellent value and even better in January with our 5 for £5 offer which I’m sure will be welcomed by our customers.”

Local transport campaigner Stuart Long today hailed the freeze on single, daily and weekly fares as good news for passengers.

Mr Long also said, though, that given the low rate of inflation, he would have liked to see more fare reductions.

FirstGroup operates around a fifth of Britain’s bus services outside London.