West Midlands bus fares now £2 as prices on trains rise

Bus fares in the West Midlands today went up to £2 for a one-way journey as the region’s biggest operator imposed a 10p hike – exactly 12 months after the last 10p price rise.

National Express West Midlands bus

And a backlash against rail fare increases began today as passengers were facing a 3.9 per cent rise across the board for tickets.

The rise follows a miserable few weeks for many commuters who have had to contend with floods, signal failures and, on some routes, staff shortages.

Bus company National Express West Midlands has blamed the above-inflation rise on soaring fuel costs and other financial pressures.

Daysaver and Travelcard fares have also gone up.

Peter Coates, managing director for National Express West Midlands said: “The price rise will allow us to continue our significant investment into the region’s bus network and meet rising business costs such as fuel.”

Daysavers have risen by 10p from £3.80 to £3.90 for adults and from £2.60 to £2.70 for children, and Travelcards by 50p a week. Monthly

Travelcards valid across the West Midlands have gone up from £54 to £55.50 or from £48 to £49.50 if paid by direct debit.

The rise comes exactly a year after the last 10p increase in a single fare. Arriva, which runs many of the bus services in Staffordshire, has not put fares up.

Comments for: "West Midlands bus fares now £2 as prices on trains rise"

Arthur John Blurton

IS IT TIME NOW EVERY TOWN & CITY IN THE MIDLANDS HAD A BUS STATION & RAILWAY STATION WITH EXTRA & BETTER CAR PARKING FACILITIES & SHOULD THE TRANSPORT SECRETARY & MINISTER & PRIME MINISTER LOOK INTO BUILDING A BETTER TRAM NETWORK IN THE WEST MIDLANDS AS WELL & SHOULD ALL BUS STATIONS HAVE COFFEE SHOPS FOR THE PUBLIC TO KEEP WARM & DRY DESPITE THE FLOODS DURING THE WET YEARS OF 2000 & 2007 & 2012 & THE PUBLIC ALSO GETTING VERY WET WITH NO BUS SHELTER IN CERTAIN AREA'S & SHOULD THE PRIME MINISTER DISCUSS THESE MATTERS WITH ALL MANAGING DIRECTORS RUNNING THE BUS NETWORKS ACROSS THE UK & WITH POLITICIANS AS WELL!!

simpleton

For gods sake turn your caps lock off

Tina Cox

Its in caps but they are right in what they say.

jason

Another rise on bus fares blamed on soaring costs,its about time this bus company was forced to lower bus prices,at this rate every one will be walking everywhere.Mark my words in a year's time bus fares will rise again with the same costs being to blame.

Katy

I've started using my bike a taxi from my house to wolves only 2.80 if caught bus with hubby and 2kids same as in taxi would cost 6quid saving over double by getting a taxi and avoiding having to share travel with smelly weirdos lol and straight from my house West Midlands travel disgusting absolute disgusting their buses stink too

Alex

10p and this makes the news and attracts negative comments by people with nothing better to do with there time. Yes bus fares will rise again, have you seen how much fuel costs are now, not the bus companies fault is it? Improve tram networks? build coffee shops? Were in a recession, deal with it. At this rate everyone will be walking?? Good! Then everyone will be healthier and putting less burden on the NHS. Stop moaning and get on with life.

Bobs

@alex. Clearly your narrow minded view is similar to those of shareholders within National Express. Yes there are rising costs in all areas within business, but this price rise is a thinly veiled attempt to ensure that national express continue to make large profits every financial year! Transportation is a necessity for a modern society and thus should be owned and regulated by the government meaning that prices should be based on making a very small profit that is then reinvested back within the company. Not rising prices by 10p to ensure that Mr Double-Barrelled name sitting on the board of directors gets a larger profit! National Express are already making large yearly profits at the current price tariffs so they should not be allowed to do this unless they show that they will not be able to cover operating costs at the current level.

Margaret Hamilton

It's 10p per bus journey per day for life! Get your calculator out.

Stu

Comes to something when a taxi ride from Door to door, equivalent of two bus journeys costs £3.90...

J_Bird

Ride a bike, costs you nothing then.

simpleton

You should try it on the M6

Bus User 1

and can u catch a bus on the m6...... Thought not !

Dave

Where are people getting these taxis from? Seriously I would like to know where you can get a taxi too & from your destination which costs less than it would on the bus?

My local taxi company has a £3.50 minimum charge - that's £7 for a return journey.

I have tried other companies which do not operate on a meter and they are worse.

If you constantly rely on the buses, get yourself a travelcard and save some money. I don't need the full West Midlands card, just the Black Country, it will go up to £43.50 (I think) and I am fine with that - that's a good price for the amount of travelling I do on the bus.

mr irate

don't forget there was a change in the fuel duty rebate last year, and that hit all operators badly. some such as nx have swallowed it until now. however one thing that may help, is those who dodge paying fares and fraudulently use expired tickets or passes were stopped. same as those damaging vehicles and trashing them. then theres the claim brigade!!! it all hits us in the pocket.

we want a better network, and investment too. nx claribels, central buses etc all purchasing some new vehicles last year. we need this! it makes things more reliable and user friendly etc. also for the cost of a bus, you could buy a nice house in a nice area to put it in perspective they aint cheap!

however, my advice is buy a monthly pass if you can, it works out cheaper lots! also try using buses in other parts of the uk - the fares are unbelieveable.

Bus User 1

BLAH BLAH BLAH, the price of bread increases 3 - 4 times a year, bus prices go up once a year in the west midlands, just thik if u lived somewhere else you would be paying £2.20 - £5.60 just for a single ticket, and they increase theirs all year round

BOF

You can chose not to eat bread. Can you chose not to use public transport to get to work more than 5 miles away from home?

Blahocks, Blahocks

They should offer a low rate for all thoseworkers who are low paid and have to catch buses to cleaning, hotel, restaurant etc jobs

Just a little bit thik

Dave

They do offer low rates, its called a Travel Card. Pay by direct debit and the maximum cost is £49.50 (if you need the full west midlands card)

Let's say in January there are 22 working days then that will cost £2.25 return per day.

That's a saving of £1.85 per day or a total saving of £40.70 for the month.

That's not a bad saving is it?

South Coast Wolves

Oh dear... daysaver up to a whopping £3.90 eh? You want to live on the Isle of Wight! Day ticket on the buses is £10! Minimum fare (even if you go just one stop) is £2.50!

Margaret Hamilton

So competition is supposed to keep prices down is it? Yeah...

Chris C

The £2 is silly for for short journeys - I'm only one and half miles from town (and yes I do walk sometimes); by the time I've tramped to the bus stop, I might as well get a taxi - can get into town door-to-door for just over £3

Fares need to be cheaper for shorter journeys or else no one will bother taking the bus!

Englishman In Canada

On a recent trip to my home town of Wolverhampton I was amazed at how expensive it was to ride public transit. I disagree with the posts that you should suffer in silence. The West Midlands Travel management team need a reality check. My adoptive city charges $2 (1.25GBP) per trip which allows you to transfer between multiple bus routes until you reach your final destination.

shomail ahmad

I agree with some of the comments above, a day saver would cost you 3.90 a day, however if you have got family then it would be economical to use taxi because some if you are travelling within walsall town with family some companies would charge you 3 pounds and that is way economical than daysaver