One of Oxford’s main bus companies has blamed congestion and lengthening journey times for increasing fares on its buses.
Stagecoach confirmed last week that prices will go up in Oxford with single fares increasing by 10p and returns by 20p.
Prices for the Oxford Tube, the Oxford to London service will rise for the first time since 2015, with a single going up by £1. Return fares have been cut by £1 but the next day return option has been scrapped.
The company said the cost of other tickets, including the 7 day megarider, would be frozen.
Children will now go free on ‘connector’ tickets which allows travel on local services to connect to and from the Oxford Tube stops.
Martin Sutton, managing director of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, said: “We have worked hard to reduce our costs and keep fare increases down to a minimum, and many people, particularly Oxford SmartZone customers, will see no increase at all.
“However, due to the effects of worsening congestion and falling journey speeds our operating costs are rising and therefore our prices have to increase to compensate for this.”
The changes will come into effect from Sunday.