Ribble to increase fares
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• At a joint public sitting of the North Western, Northern and Yorkshire Traffic Commissioners in Lancaster on Monday Ribble Motor Services Ltd was granted. an application to increase fares on most of its stage carriage services from Sunday, February 21.
The existing minimum fare of 2p will rise to 3p, but the distance this covers will be increased from 0.5 to 0.8 mile on town and city services, and from 0.4 to 0.5 mile on other services.
Some 3p fares will remain unchanged, but in the higher bracket-increase will range from 2p up to 5p.
Special off-peak fares are to apply on local services in Carlisle, Kendal, Fleetwood, Thornton Cleveleys, Chorley and Skelmersdale. These offer a discount of lp on adult fares of more than 3p and on children's fares of more than 2p. They are effective only from Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9.30 am and 3.30 pm and after 6prri.
In a statement to CM after the hearing, Ribble's acting general manager, Mr Walter G. Hunnibal, expressed regret that the company had been forced to raise bus fares again, less than nine months after the increases in June last year. "The need for higher fares came about through more increases in cost, at a rate of £839.000 per year, on top of the £850,000 a year increase which led to higher fares last year," he said.
Pointing out that the new fares would be introduced on Sunday, Mr Hunnibal said this will be the day when decimal currency will be introduced generally on bus services throughout the country.