SOME things never change!
This month, the Warrington Guardian has been reporting on the rises in fares at Network Warrington, the town’s bus company.
As we feature on page two this week, the decision has angered people so much that a protest was held on Saturday at the bus station.
Well an eagle eyed reader, Keith Lee, from Orford, spotted a striking similarity to coverage from 40 years ago.
While doing some research, he found the front page of the Warrington Guardian from August 1974.
The headline being ‘Rise in Bus Fares if Given the Go Ahead’.
The story, the main one on the front page which in the 1970s was a broadsheet size rather than the tabloid of today, states that the increases were needed to stop the council’s transport department falling into debt.
The report stated that prices would rise by 1p on fares between 2p and 4p and would go up 2p on fares 5p and above.
The increases, described in the piece as ‘substantial’ were aimed to reduce a deficit of £29,310.
This August, Network Warrington’s price hike saw monthly bus passes increase from £56 to £84.
Also featured on the front page in 1974 was the story of a colour TV stolen from Warrington, a restaurant in Newton-le-Willows fined £800 for poor hygiene and the opening of the M62 into Croft and Risley.
An advert for the Krazy Kuts food shop in Church Street and WInwick Street saw a large loaf of bread sold for 11 1/2p and German butter, 10p for 1/2lb.