BUS fares have risen this week by up to 10% as a result of increased fuel costs.
First, which runs many services from Ellesmere Port to Cheshire Oaks, Chester, Wirral and Liverpool, said the new charges started on Sunday (July 13).
Paul De Santis, First’s commercial director for Chester and Wirral, said of the level of increases: “It depends on the individual fare. In some cases it’s going up by 10% and in some cases it’s less.
“It’s fair to say the fares are going up earlier than we’d like and by a larger amount because of current pressures on fuel costs and other underlying costs, particularly parts, because of the price of steel going up, and transport costs.
“Utility costs – gas and electricity – are also on the increase and we use quite a lot in our depots.”
Mr De Santis suggested passengers could buy a six-monthly ticket up front for £235 until the end of July for “slightly less than current prices” to hedge against the rises.
Mr De Santis added: “Proportionately, bus travel, despite the future increases, is still good value as against the car.
“Unfortunately, we cannot continue to absorb costs rising at this sort of rate.”