Bus fares in Burnley and Pendle to go up

Blue Tourist bus. Coach. Vector illustration
Blue Tourist bus. Coach. Vector illustration

BUS fares in Burnley and Pendle are set to rise.

Burnley and Pendle/Lancashire United bus fares will rise slightly according to the company, which cited the testing economic situation as the reason for the increase.

The company’s marketing director Nigel Eggleton said: “No one likes to increase their prices especially in such difficult times but we have faced changes in passenger patterns, rising costs and a difficult economic climate. We have now reached the point where we have had to look at changing fares to ensure our business can meet these rising costs.

“The latest retail price index showed that inflation is currently running at 5.3%. We’ve worked hard behind the scenes to ensure that the overall increase in our fares will be around 3%.

“Many of our passengers will see no change in their fares at all.”

The changes came into force on Sunday.

l Single fares – most single journeys will rise by 10p. Some will be unchanged.

l Return fares – most return journeys will rise by 20p as we look to standardise them as a percentage of the adult single fare. In many places, a one day Silver ticket will often be the cheapest return fare.

l Unlimited travel – prices will rise on most unlimited travel tickets, apart from those bought on the web which will remain unchanged.

l Online tickets – most online tickets will remain the same, still offering a 5% discount on tickets purchased in store.

For services that are operated under contract, such as certain evening and Sunday services, a different fares structure may apply.

Services 280 and X80 operated by Lancashire United wholly on behalf of Lancashire County Council will see no change to fares.