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West Midlands bus prices set to rise, TfWM announces - see how much fares will increase here

The increased fees will come into play soon, and some tickets could increase again at the turn of the year.

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Transport for West Midlands will increase bus prices by the end of the month

Transport for West Midlands has today announced a hike in prices for bus travel across the region, and the higher fees will begin in just a couple of weeks.

Transport for West Midlands will increase bus prices by the end of the month

Fares for day and season bus tickets are set to rise by an average of six per cent at the end of June as the industry 'struggles to meet the ongoing challenges of rising costs'.

TfWM said the decision will see the nbus day ticket rise to £4.80 - an increase of 30p - and the four week fare rise from £60 to £64, in a decision agreed by all bus operators in the Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) area.

But according to the transport authority, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, the new fares continue to 'offer great value to passengers' noting that they remain lower than Liverpool and Greater Manchester.

The single fare remains set at £2 and has been capped under a funding agreement with the Department for Transport - but only until the end of 2024.

A spokesperson for the TfWM, said: "The increase ensures that the region’s bus network remains operating at current levels while an ongoing review, launched by TfWM last year, looks at the long-term sustainability of bus services. The review will be reported back to the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board next month."

They went on to say that bus operators are under acute financial pressures due to steep rises in the cost of fuel, maintenance and labour over recent years and stubborn passenger numbers which remain at around 90% of pre-Covid 19 levels.

TfWM, which is part of the WMCA, is already pumping around £50 million a year into the bus network to support essential services, avoid more substantial fare increases or service reductions.

Pete Bond, director of integrated transport services with TfWM, said: “Despite many challenges we have worked with bus operators since the pandemic to keep fare rises to an absolute minimum.

“And even though they are rising, fares remain great value for the many people who rely on buses day in and day out.

“At the same time we are working on plans to secure the long-term future of our bus network and will announce the results of the review in the coming weeks.”

They finished by noting that by using the Bus Service Improvement Plan funding, the region has already implemented a ‘bonfire of bus tickets’ by securing a uniform fare structure across all private operators, meaning passengers no longer pay extra to use services run by multiple companies. It has also funded new Transport Safety Officers who are out on patrol to keep passengers safe, deter crime and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Further investment has been directed at improving infrastructure including more bus lanes and priority junctions to improve reliability of services on key commuter routes, enhancing real time journey information and the introduction of hundreds of zero-emission electric buses through the Coventry All-Electric Bus City project.

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