Bus fares in west Dorset are set to rise again after First Wessex released their winter timetable with a number of local services already affected.
50p was added to the£5 and £6 respective prices of single and return adult tickets for Bridport-Dorchester while the child fare had been brought up to £4. Lyme Regis – Axminster fares were also increased.
The hike in prices which will affect some single and return tickets for children and adults comes at the backdrop of bus cuts announced this autumn by First Wessex cutting the number of local services.
Although it comes a year after most fares increased by 50p across the local First bus network, the company insists it’s a ‘minor’ fare change and points out that a return fare can be used on multiple trips.
The commercial manager for First Wessex, Matthew Callow said: “Following our annual fare review, the company decided to increase a small number of fares to reflect the rising operational costs of running a bus operation. Our local bus services in Dorset are operated 100 per cent commercially, without any form of subsidy, and these increases are important and ensure that our business remains commercially sustainable in the long run.”
“Only a fraction of fares will see an increase; 97 per cent of fares are unaffected, and regular customers benefit from our season period tickets which are available on our popular mTicket app and offer a substantial cost saving to buying singles or returns.”, Mr Callow added.
The West Dorset Western Area Transport Action Group (WATAG)’s next meeting holds on Thursday, November 22 at the WI Hall in North Street, Bridport. This topic will be discussed along with reports from Dorset Travel and local bus operators.