MPs say bus price hike is worrying

MPs say bus price hike is worrying

MPs say bus price hike is worrying

First published in News

BOTH Warrington MPs have spoken out about the ‘worrying’ price hike which has seen bus fares shoot up by up to 65 per cent in the town.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones said she has been contacted by a number of people who are ‘desperately worried’ about how they will struggle to cope after Network Warrington decided to increase fares on services across the borough from Sunday, August 17.

She said: “People cannot afford these increases when wages are being held down.

“I know that there are people working hard to put the bus company back on its feet but the council, as sole shareholder, now needs to strengthen the board and insist that they explore other sources of finance.

“The Government has reduced Warrington's transport funding over and over again and we receive far less per head than London and the South-East.

“This long-term problem needs to be addressed if we are to invest in public transport. This rise in fares is very worrying.”

Warrington South MP David Mowat added: “The increases vary from nil to over 50 percent and are clearly very much more than inflation on average.

“Warrington is one of the few towns to own and manage its own bus service and it may be that the time has come to consider whether we should consider combining our company with other larger organizations to obtain economies of scale.

“The council should seriously review this option and publish the results. The only important criteria are the quality and cost of services in Warrington for Warrington residents."

Under the new price shake-up, there is no longer be a separate town and network ticket but instead there will be one Touch and Go! ticket which will allow travel across all bus services.

Other changes included a price increase to day rover fares, special tickets including Breezer and Westy Way and on-bus fares.

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7:27am Tue 26 Aug 14

John says says...

People cannot afford this increase with wages held down that says it all Helen jones hit the nail on the head this is so unfair on the people of warrington we cannot afford it
People cannot afford this increase with wages held down that says it all Helen jones hit the nail on the head this is so unfair on the people of warrington we cannot afford it John says
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8:30am Tue 26 Aug 14

moleogod says...

It is now public transport that the public can not afford. when a Taxi is cheaper the local bus company has failed. two separate price rises in 6 months and that so called re-organisation of routes two months ago that basically halved the amount of buses. i think its a JOKE that the director of network warrington took A THREE WEEK HOLIDAY starting one week before the rise. I bet he was hoping that when it has been going for 2 weeks it would have all blown over by the time he comes back and that we would just accept it. No not this time.
It is now public transport that the public can not afford. when a Taxi is cheaper the local bus company has failed. two separate price rises in 6 months and that so called re-organisation of routes two months ago that basically halved the amount of buses. i think its a JOKE that the director of network warrington took A THREE WEEK HOLIDAY starting one week before the rise. I bet he was hoping that when it has been going for 2 weeks it would have all blown over by the time he comes back and that we would just accept it. No not this time. moleogod
  • Score: 18

8:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mrs1979 says...

It's now cheaper for me to get a taxi with my kids than getting the bus !!!
£2.30 a adult for 5 stops !!
It's now cheaper for me to get a taxi with my kids than getting the bus !!! £2.30 a adult for 5 stops !! Mrs1979
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Daveycarre says...

Network Warrington provides a quality service at most times of the day. An outside operator could not provide such a service to the public.At the moment Network Warrington is a Local company provIding jobs for local people. If a new company comes in it is unlikely to provide such a comprehensive service,with extensive service cuts and redundancies.
Network Warrington won the prestigious UK Bus Operator of the Year Award in 2008.
Finally why did those protesting against the fare increases never attend the frequent Customer Panel Meetings held by the Company. If they had they could have met senior management face to face and voiced their concerns. The fact is fares in Warrington have been underpriced and that needs to be rectified,that is the price for a comprehensive Local all day bus service.
Network Warrington provides a quality service at most times of the day. An outside operator could not provide such a service to the public.At the moment Network Warrington is a Local company provIding jobs for local people. If a new company comes in it is unlikely to provide such a comprehensive service,with extensive service cuts and redundancies. Network Warrington won the prestigious UK Bus Operator of the Year Award in 2008. Finally why did those protesting against the fare increases never attend the frequent Customer Panel Meetings held by the Company. If they had they could have met senior management face to face and voiced their concerns. The fact is fares in Warrington have been underpriced and that needs to be rectified,that is the price for a comprehensive Local all day bus service. Daveycarre
  • Score: 1

3:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Daveycarre says...

On the issue of Network Warrington it is important to give mention to the drastic cuts in bus subsidies available to transport companies. Also one should not underestimate the negative impact that the lengthy period of industrial action had on the Company's finances,leading up to Christmas perhaps the.busiest time of the year. The Company was competently steered through this very challenging period by AM Slavin the interim MD at the time. The strike by drivers was very damaging ,on the back of decreases in passenger numbers common throughout the whole UK bus industry.
Travelling on the Arriva service7 two passengers were charged £5.00 each for a return from Penketh to town. Single tickets are not available on Arriva and many other companies buses. Also services by the big players in the market tend to finish early evening ,no 329 360,110 in the evening. Those who complain about Network Warrington fares should remember they provide services to most areas all day, and a return ticket is available. This is important and gives you peace of mind knowing that the bus you travelled to town on will be the bus you travel much later back on. Other companies services may have finished leaving you stranded or having to pay for a single fare in your local operator.
David Carr
On the issue of Network Warrington it is important to give mention to the drastic cuts in bus subsidies available to transport companies. Also one should not underestimate the negative impact that the lengthy period of industrial action had on the Company's finances,leading up to Christmas perhaps the.busiest time of the year. The Company was competently steered through this very challenging period by AM Slavin the interim MD at the time. The strike by drivers was very damaging ,on the back of decreases in passenger numbers common throughout the whole UK bus industry. Travelling on the Arriva service7 two passengers were charged £5.00 each for a return from Penketh to town. Single tickets are not available on Arriva and many other companies buses. Also services by the big players in the market tend to finish early evening ,no 329 360,110 in the evening. Those who complain about Network Warrington fares should remember they provide services to most areas all day, and a return ticket is available. This is important and gives you peace of mind knowing that the bus you travelled to town on will be the bus you travel much later back on. Other companies services may have finished leaving you stranded or having to pay for a single fare in your local operator. David Carr Daveycarre
  • Score: -1
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