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Bus fares to increase in Cannock and Stafford this weekend

By Jordan Reynolds | Staffordshire | News | Published:

The cost of travelling by bus in Staffordshire will go up on Sunday.

Arriva Midlands has announced an increase to single fares in Cannock and Stafford but said the price of its adult weekly tickets will remain the same.

The £2.10 single fares will increase to £2.20 and the £2.60 single fares will increase to £2.70.

New return rickets will be available on all services as well as new Route 63 day tickets between Cannock and Rugeley for £4.20.

Spokeswoman Cora Woodhouse said: “From Sunday Arriva will be increasing fares across its local bus network.

"With a continual growth in business and operational costs it is unfortunate that some of our fares have had to be increased, but wherever possible, we have aimed to ensure that our frequent travellers are still able to benefit from affordable transportation.

"We recognise the importance of keeping fares low for our regular customers, and as such we have endeavoured to keep all changes to a minimum, so that we are able to continue providing the quality, value for money services that people expect of us.”

The price of adult weekly tickets will remain the same at £15.50.

And Arriva single fares and returns on certain services will increase in price in Lichfield and Tamworth.

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Single fares will increase by 10p, while returns on numbers 4, 7, 110, and 65 will increase by 50p.

New return ticket types will be available on all services and the routes 765, X65 and 10 will no longer be available.

West Midlands Zone tickets will remain at £6.30.

The NatEx West Midlands Supplement will increase from 60p to £1.

The news comes less than a week after rail fares went up by an average of 3.1 per cent nationally, with some season tickets up by more than £100 on last year.

The new prices mean a season ticket from Birmingham to London has gone up by £2,872 (36 per cent) since 2010, while a season ticket from Tame Bridge Parkway station in Sandwell to Nuneaton has gone up by more than 50 per cent over the same period.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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