Freeze on bus fares for 2014

Published Monday, 30 December 2013
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Bus fares will not increase in 2014, the Transport Minister has announced.

Freeze on bus fares for 2014
Bus fares have been frozen for next year. (© UTV)

Translink fares were expected to rise by 3%, but will now be frozen at the current rate.

Minister Danny Kennedy had already recently confirmed that rail fares would not rise next year.

On Monday, he said that record levels of passenger growth on buses had made it possible to have an absolute zero increase.

"This announcement will have a positive impact on economic recovery. Bus and train users are being rightly rewarded for supporting Translink during 2013 and increasing passenger journeys to record levels," he said.

"Translink has performed better than predicted and has enabled the company to pass on the benefits to their thousands of customers," the Minister explained.

"I want to congratulate them for this performance and all their efforts in delivering a high quality public transport system."

Catherine Mason, Translink Group Chief Executive said: "This is the second time we have frozen our fares in recent years and is down to good business management and increasing passengers on board.

"Many of our customers tell us that using the bus and train is already a very cost effective way for them to travel - this news today will no doubt be very welcome to them particularly when other households costs for fuel, food and energy are increasing."

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3 Comments
Billy in East Belfast wrote (114 days ago):
That will be good for all the wee kiddies on the 3a that all always leaves kids getting Soaked when the bus drives past them withhout stopping every morning
david in bangor wrote (114 days ago):
and rightly so, how about the same confirmation for the trains... people travelling from bangor to Belfast are getting ripped off in comparison to other longer lines like the l/derry coleraine to belfast.. there's no guarantee of a seat either. public transport in this country is a joke and now with the bus lanes your damned if you do and dammed if you dont.
Bus user in Derry/ Londonderry wrote (114 days ago):
The sooner there is bus deregulation the better it would be for all bus users, parts of England have 3 sometimes more different bus company's operating on the one route, giving the passengers the choice. Here in Derry/Londonderry if we have to go the other side of the city, Altnagelvin it involves two buses, having to wait for the first one to take you into tiwn & change onto another bus
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