Bus firm Stagecoach says it was forced into ticket price rise
One of the Westcountry's biggest bus and coach operators is set to increase fares in Devon and Cornwall by around 4% from April 1.
Stagecoach South West blamed the move on rising costs and reduced public sector investment.
One of the company's most popular tickets, the weekly Exeter Megarider ticket will rise from £13.00 to £13.50.
But it claimed other passengers will see their fares frozen, including those who purchase the Family Explorer ticket which will remain at £15.00, allowing two adults and up to three children to travel together.
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The company said rising costs – including labour, energy, fuel and insurance costs – and reduced public sector investment in bus services had resulted in the operator having no choice but to increase fares.
Michelle Hargreaves, managing director of Stagecoach South West, said: "We understand that this will be frustrating for our passengers. We are facing continued rising costs in a number of areas of our business and we are seeing reduced public sector support for bus services as local authority budgets continue to be squeezed."