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First Bus announces 2015 fares shake-up

09:33 23 December 2014

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First Eastern Counties has announced changes to its bus fares in Norfolk and Suffolk, which will take effect on Sunday, January 4.

A significant number of fares are being frozen at their current levels, with some increases and a number of fares being reduced.

A number of new tickets will be introduced across the region following requests from passengers – with those using the X1 service between Peterborough and Dereham able to benefit from better value fares, as a new Western zone is being introduced.

First is also enhancing its range of on-bus monthly tickets to include the Western and YarLow zones.

David Squire, managing director for First Eastern Counties, said: “These changes aim to reward passengers who regularly travel with us. We have kept any fare increases to an absolute minimum as we are committed to making bus the preferred travel option.

“While some passengers may experience an increase in fares, we have tried to limit this as much as possible and keep any rises in line with inflation.”

The changes will see prices of Norwich day tickets, two stop hop and the inner two-trip ticket prices frozen. Weekly, 10-trip, monthly, three-monthly and annual tickets are all reduced.

In Great Yarmouth, single journey prices will be reduced in certain areas. Weekly, monthly, three-monthly and annual ticket prices have all been frozen.

Day ticket prices will be reduced in Lowestoft, and prices will be frozen for young person weekly, monthly, three-monthly and annual tickets.

In the Western zone, there will be reduced-price weekly, 10-trip and on-bus monthly tickets available to passengers travelling between Peterborough and Dereham only.

Full details of the new fares will be available on www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/suffolk_norfolk

For more information about First Bus, call customer services on 08456 020 121, Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5.30pm.

8 comments

  • Ingo, do you know what you are talking about? It seems that regular travellers (those who commute in cars perhaps?) are being encouraged to travel because weekly and season ticket prices are being reduced. If you have a car you will know how expensive repairs are. Petrol costs have come down, true, but my last bill was nearly £500. I could travel on the bus for a whole year for that. From what I've heard First run most of their services without public funding including evening and Sunday services so your comments about Local Government contracts are also wide of the mark.

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    Limbo

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

  • I think people her are forgetting that WorstBus are a commercial private business. Their first duty is to their shareholders, not customers. And the county council has no more control over bus fares that they do over the price of washing powder! The price is whatever the private company wants to charge. If you don't like it, don't travel by bus - it's very simple!

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    marty r

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • First Bus should be ashamed of themselves for pushing green commuters back into cars. Their roaming fusion ticket costs 6.-, the equivalent in Edinburgh costs 3.50. Falling diesel prices, by half since June? plus the 5% discount bus companies usually negotiate for guaranteed large quantity take up from oil companies or refineries, means that they ar earning themselves silly. For over four years all of them have raised fares citing 'rising fuel prices' , every time a rise of 20 or 30 pence. Bus users had enough of this rip off and bus companies that want a local Goverment contract should be flexible when it comes to price, when teh overall oil price drops by half, this should be reflected in a corresponding and related drop in fares. We are not cash cows to be milked forever. Cars are cheap and what little consumers have achieved by using buses and trains, an almost masochistic pleasure, waiting for the trice annual fare increase, yes please, hit me again Sam, will trickle into the sand of time. Where are our NCC cllr.s now? Stop these companies contracts, refuse their scheduled fare rises, they are unwarranted, indeed demand a flat 20% fare reduction, a minimum. And we want it NOW!

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Yet more empty bus driving up and down St Stephens Street then.

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • I agree but when they give you the relevant breakdown they mention price freezes or decrease. No mention of increases so I am also correct if you look at it from this angle ;-) Specsavers isn't needed after all!!

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    clego14

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Clego14 - you are correct, there's not one mention of price increases, there are two! "with some increases " “While some passengers may experience an increase in fares" Shoulda gone so specsavers......! ;)

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Derek your arguement is not valid. There is not one mention within this article of prices being increased?? The banning of cars is irrelevant because there are just as many people in the city now as there was before the ban.

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    clego14

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

  • Typical as soon as the ban on cars in the City come, first bus decide to increase the fare, well done first bus, more reasons for people to come into the City

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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