Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By CLAIRE HAR­RI­SON Nuneaton Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HOP­PING on board a bus will soon cost a lot more across Nuneaton and Bed­worth as fares are be­ing hiked by up to five per cent.

The in­crease comes into force on Sun­day (March 25) as Stage­coach blames the grow­ing cost of traf­fic con­ges­tion across the bor­ough and fur­ther afield as well as in­vest­ment made into busi­nesses in the area for the rise.

Only a mat­ter of weeks ago a fleet of gold buses were launched in Nuneaton, to serve the Coven­try-Bed­worth-Nuneaton-Hinck­ley num­ber 48 ser­vice.

But it ap­pears to have come at a cost as the price of an Gold Day Rider will rise 4.44 per cent from £9 to £9.40 and a seven day Gold Mega Rider will rise by 5.66 per cent from £26.50 to £28.

A Nuneaton Day Rider Plus, cov­er­ing the area be­tween Coven­try-Nuneaton-Le­ices­ter and Tam­worth, will rise from £6.80 to £7.10, a rise of 4.41 per cent. For the Nuneaton 7 Day Mega Rider Plus will rise 4.59 per cent from £21.80 to £22.80.

A spokesper­son for Stage­coach Mid­land ex­plained the de­ci­sion be­hind the rises, say­ing “Stage­coach Mid­lands pol­icy is to in­crease its fare prices once a year in or­der to cover its in­creased costs and to con­tinue to in­vest in im­prov­ing ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of its pas­sen­gers.

“The com­pany has just launched 25 new Gold stan­dard Euro VI emis­sion level buses on its ser­vice 48 route be­tween Coven­try-Bed­worth Nuneaton-Hinck­leyLe­ices­ter at a cost of over £4.4 mil­lion. “In ad­di­tion in the last six years Stage­coach Mid­lands has in­vested over £11 mil­lion on new more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly buses in War­wick­shire/Le­ices­ter­shire/ and Stafford­shire the West Mid­lands . A sim­i­lar sum has been spent on more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly buses in the Northamp­ton­shire/ Peter­bor­ough/Mil­ton Keynes area dur­ing the same pe­riod.” The spokesper­son went on to add: “The com­pany’s fare rises also re­flect the grow­ing cost of traf­fic con­ges­tion, which is re­sult­ing in ad­di­tional ve­hi­cles and driv­ers hav­ing to be al­lo­cated to many of our routes just to pre­serve the ex­ist­ing timeta­bles and fre­quen­cies.”

Stage­coach op­er­ates from Nuneaton’s Bus Sta­tion and serves com­mu­ni­ties across the bor­ough as well as fur­ther afield.

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