Lothian buses hike prices again

Bus passengers in Edinburgh are facing a new round of price increases this week. This marks the second price rise by Lothian Buses in 12 months.

As of the 4th of March 2012, single fare prices are rising from £1.30 to £1.40, while day passes are rising from £3.20 to £3.50. There have been no changes to student, child, or concession fares. The last price rise was in April 2011, when single fare prices rose from £1.20 to £1.30.

Ian Craig, managing director for Lothian Buses, attributes the price rise to “Government funding cuts and rising operating costs. We know price increases are never welcome and this decision has not been taken lightly. It is however a necessary step to ensure we safeguard services as best we can and continue to invest in the quality of our operation and our environmental objectives.”

He continues: “We appreciate that our customers are experiencing their own financial challenges and we have endeavoured to keep the increases to a minimum. Even with these fare increases, we remain one of the most cost-effective and value-for-money operators not just in Scotland but UK-wide.”

By way of comparison, single fares in Aberdeen vary from £1.10 to £2.40 depending on distance traveled, and a day pass is £4.80. Within Glasgow single fares vary from 90p to £1.80, and a day pass is £4.00.