Passengers in Gedling borough will have to pay more to travel on local bus services from the end of this month.
Nottingham City Transport has announced it will be increasing some fares from Sunday, March 31.
The firm say this will be the first rise in these fares for a year (last increase 25 March 2018) “and is necessary to once again cover above inflationary increases in operating costs, as well as for investment over the next 12 months in the fleet and in ticketing technology.”
The price NCT is paying for a litre of diesel has increased by 8 pence per litre over the last year, which represents an 8.5% rise and can no longer be absorbed.
Significant investment in lowering emissions from the NCT fleet will also continue throughout the year, so buses meet Nottingham’s new clean air requirements, which will improve air quality across the city. Whilst NCT has been successful in securing some external funding towards this investment, most of this cost has to be met through fares.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “We appreciate increasing fares is never popular, but as our day to day operating costs rise above inflation again and with the significant investment we have to make in 2019 to introduce 67 more bio-gas buses to our fleet in order to reduce emissions by the end of the year, it is unavoidable”.
The main price changes are:
- Standard City single increases by 10p to £2.30 for an adult and £1.20 for under 19
- All day ticket increases by 20p to £4.20 for adults, but is frozen at £2.50 for an under 19
- Clifton Local Fare increases by 10p to £1.20
- Inner City Return and Short Hop / other Local Fares frozen at £2.50 and £1.40 respectively
- Network Rider frozen at £6.50 for an adult and £5.00 for an under 19
- Off Peak Grouprider (after 09:30 weekdays, all day weekends) will increase from £5 to £6
- Off Peak Network Grouprider (after 09:30 weekdays, all day weekends) will increase from £7.50 to £9
- NightBus fares will increase for the first time in almost 9 years from £3 to £4, but a new “Duo” ticket will be introduced covering 2 people travelling together priced at £6
- South Notts, Sky Blue 46, 47 and Pathfinder single and day return fares for journeys outside the Nottingham Area will be frozen
- Prices on the NCTX Buses app and Robin Hood Pay as You Go cards will rise to match the new cash equivalent ticket prices
- Easyrider Everyday and Everyday Further smart card prices will rise by 5-6%, although customers paying by Direct Debit will see their price frozen
- Easyrider Anyday and Anyday Further prices will increase for the first time in 2 years, by an average of 7%
Full details of all the new prices are available online at www.nctx.co.uk/farechange