Bus fares on the rise - it is not the first time in Warrington

Bus fares on the rise - it is not the first time in Warrington

Bus fares on the rise - it is not the first time in Warrington

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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.

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1:35pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Jimmcbride says...

TheBorough Transport should go bankrupt if it can't run it's finances properly ,every one else has to do it and they can't rob everyone like the bus company does. It's an absolute disgrace
TheBorough Transport should go bankrupt if it can't run it's finances properly ,every one else has to do it and they can't rob everyone like the bus company does. It's an absolute disgrace Jimmcbride
  • Score: 6

5:46am Mon 1 Sep 14

Out of Warrington says...

I see the 'mass protest' at the bus station last weekend attracted very few supporters.
I see the 'mass protest' at the bus station last weekend attracted very few supporters. Out of Warrington
  • Score: 4

9:28am Mon 1 Sep 14

Jimmcbride says...

The WBT and the Council in general are under the impression they can do and charge what they like, for poor service.
Taxi,s are now cheaper than buses and they are door to door, not waiting in the rain etc for late busses .
The private hire vehicles have not had a rate rise for over 5 years and costs have risen sharply in that time
Time for Ariva etc to take over the bus service .
The WBT and the Council in general are under the impression they can do and charge what they like, for poor service. Taxi,s are now cheaper than buses and they are door to door, not waiting in the rain etc for late busses . The private hire vehicles have not had a rate rise for over 5 years and costs have risen sharply in that time Time for Ariva etc to take over the bus service . Jimmcbride
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Mon 1 Sep 14

richiepooh says...

so lets see if their rate of inflation reflects the rest of the cost of living
assuming that the monthly ticket covers the average joe needing two trips per day, work and back or home and back, the monthly pass is £84 of which a best is 4 weeks of a 5 day week which makes 20x2tips a day at £2.10 a trip

now a block of butter costs about £1.50 as does a loaf of premium white bread again they have increased with inflation it appears at a similar rate as they were both 11p ish in the day according to the report

and are now approximately 15x their 1974 price

so its is fair to say that the price of the bus journey should be 15x its 1974 price also which is what....15*5p =75p...ooh.. somethings wrong it seems to be three times that rate of inflation!

maybe we should compare it to a transport service then, because we know that due to the environment and fuel prices there is extra levy on transport...lets say Flights!

a quick google search reveals that a return trip from London to the Algarve was £75 equivalent to £662 in today's money, however you can now get that flight for £59 return... so by them rates a bus fair should be 10x cheaper than it was in 1974, we don't even have pennies to divide to that amount.

petrol was 40p a gallon...bargain (4.5 litres)
4.5 litres will cost you 5.85 again approximately 10x the costs... so if fuel only costs 10x more there still is now explanation for their 30x rate of inflation. other than ITS A RIP OFF
so lets see if their rate of inflation reflects the rest of the cost of living assuming that the monthly ticket covers the average joe needing two trips per day, work and back or home and back, the monthly pass is £84 of which a best is 4 weeks of a 5 day week which makes 20x2tips a day at £2.10 a trip now a block of butter costs about £1.50 as does a loaf of premium white bread again they have increased with inflation it appears at a similar rate as they were both 11p ish in the day according to the report and are now approximately 15x their 1974 price so its is fair to say that the price of the bus journey should be 15x its 1974 price also which is what....15*5p =75p...ooh.. somethings wrong it seems to be three times that rate of inflation! maybe we should compare it to a transport service then, because we know that due to the environment and fuel prices there is extra levy on transport...lets say Flights! a quick google search reveals that a return trip from London to the Algarve was £75 equivalent to £662 in today's money, however you can now get that flight for £59 return... so by them rates a bus fair should be 10x cheaper than it was in 1974, we don't even have pennies to divide to that amount. petrol was 40p a gallon...bargain (4.5 litres) 4.5 litres will cost you 5.85 again approximately 10x the costs... so if fuel only costs 10x more there still is now explanation for their 30x rate of inflation. other than ITS A RIP OFF richiepooh
  • Score: 3

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