Bus fares in Burnley and Pendle to go up

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.

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“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.

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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.