Bus fares go up in Swindon

Thamesdown bus Thamesdown Transport said it is been forced into increasing fares

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Bus fares on single, DayRider and season tickets in Swindon have gone up.

Thamesdown Transport said this is due to the loss of subsidies from the council and a reduction in fuel duty rebate.

Passengers will see an increase of 10p on most fares while there are larger increases for weekly and monthly passes.

The company said these are the first general fare increases since February 2009.

'Reduce the impact'

There is no change to family fares and a new multi-buy ticket has been introduced.

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown, said: "Whilst we regret having to make any increase to our fares, the loss of approximately £500,000 per annum funding from the Great Western Hospital and the 20% reduction in the amount we can claim through the Bus Service Operator's Grant, mean that we have to ask our customers to pay more for their travel.

"We have aimed to reduce the impact on those who travel as a family with a freeze on increases for Family for a Fiver and adult and kids fares, and less regular bus users will benefit from the introduction of the Multi-Dayrider."

Single fares and DayRider tickets are going up by 10p.

A weekly travel pass is going up 50p - with a four week travel ticket now costing £52 - an extra £3.

A 13 week ticket goes up by £10 and will now cost £146.

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