Bus prices up as park and ride fares cut

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BUS fares across Preston are set to rise by five pence from this Sunday.

But, Preston Bus Ltd, which sets the fares, is slashing park and ride fees at peak times (before 9.30am on weekdays) by £1.00.

This is intended to make city parking “dramatically cheaper for commuters and early shoopers”.

But some bus users weren’t too happy with the changes, with Charlotte Wilson commenting on Facebook saying: “Putting prices up again?! Doesn’t seem that long ago they were put up.”

But others were more diplomatic, such as Antony Johnson who posted: “Fair enough if you put it up, but maybe a loyalty scheme will encourage us to pay rather than walk everywhere?”

The price for adult single fares will rise to £1.40, £1.60 and £1.80 as well as the EasiDay pass rising by 10 pence to £3.50.

Other changes include the Adult EasiWeek increasing by 30 pence to £10.80 and the Child EasiWeek will become £9.00, an increase of 20 pence. The Easi28Day passes will each increase by £1.00, with the Adult Easi28Day at £39.00 and Child Easi28Day £30.00 from Sunday.

On Monday the park and ride Adult Day Return is also set to rise from £1.40 to £1.50.

Preston Bus Ltd were not available for comment but posted on Facebook saying: “The new simplified fare is also refelected in the single £13.50 Saverstrip on offer, which gives customers ten journeys for the price of nine (available from the Walton-le-Dale park and ride Office). There is no change to the 60 pence Child Day Return or the £3.00 park and ride group ticket.”