Bus firm forced to increase its fares
INCREASING costs have resulted in a rise in bus fares for Thamesdown Transport.
The company will introduce the price rises on Sunday, April 27.
The increase will bring them in line with rival company Stagecoach’s prices.
Single fares will go up by 10p to £1.40 for one zone and £2 for two zones and an adult Dayrider will increase by 10p to £3.70. A child single will also increase by 10p to £1.30 and a Family Dayrider by 10p to £6.70.
It is good news however for those who travel on evening services, with the introduction of a new Eveningrider Plus ticket. All passengers, including children, will be able to buy an evening’s unlimited travel in and around Swindon after 7pm for £2.50.
The prices for adult Travelpass tickets within the Swindon area will remain unchanged. The Young Persons’ Travelpass will increase by £2 to £37, and the Travelpass Plus version by £3 to £43.
The popular weekend and school holiday ‘Family for a Fiver’ fare, where a family of two adults and up to three children can make unlimited travel within the Swindon urban area for a day, will remain as it is. Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “Unfortunately, due to rising costs we have to increase many of our fares. “Putting up fares is never a decision we take lightly and we have tried to minimise the increases where possible. “We have frozen our adult Swindon Travelpass rates in the urban area and retained our ‘Family for a Fiver’ special weekend and holiday fare, whilst our new Eveningrider Plus ticket will make bus travel easier after 7pm.”
More information on Thamesdown’s fares can be found at www.thamesdownbus.com, on the buses and from the Thamesdown Travel Shop on Fleming Way.
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