On Sunday March 24, Lothian Buses increased the price for a single, adult bus ticket for 10p – from 1.40 to 1.50. Just one year after a similar increase the company said it was also introducing a number of service improvements. Plans of increasing the bus fare caused controversy over Scottish Government cuts in funding for concessionary fares earlier in January. Transport Scotland eventually reached an agreement with the bus industry which will cut the current reimbursement rate, reducing funding to bus companies by millions of pounds.
The new price for single journeys means the minimum fare charged by Lothian Buses will have risen 150% since 2002 – three times the rate of inflation over the same period.