No fare hikes for bus users

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BUS bosses have put the brakes on fares following an annual review.

Stagecoach North East said passengers across the region will see no change in the price of their bus tickets – which is in effect a price cut when inflation is taken into account.

The latest announcement also means there has been no increase in Stagecoach bus fares in the North East since March 2013.

Bus operators across England have faced a 3.6 per cent increase in costs, which has led to price rises.

However, Stagecoach North East – which has a depot in Sunderland – said it is freezing fares in 2014 as part of wider efforts to boost demand for bus travel, in a particularly challenging economic environment.

Phil Medlicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “The bus is Britain’s most important mode of public transport – bus services take people to and from town and city centres, and play a vital role in supporting local economy, by helping people access education, employment, health and leisure facilities.”