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County leaders condemn Stagecoach price hikes

15 December 2022

Stagecoach East’s plans to increase fares across the county is ‘atrocious’.

Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, said: “I am absolutely outraged to hear that Stagecoach plan to increase their ticket prices across all their services and to announce it just before Christmas is heartless. Whilst it won’t make this dreadful news any easier, following our intervention, Stagecoach have agreed to delay the increases until the New Year.

“I am furious, this is an added blow following the bus company’s decision to axe or reduce more than 30 services and comes after they posted notice of significant profits, as a Group, earlier in the year.

“These price hikes, which will see ‘large group’ tickets increase by £2, leaves Cambridgeshire residents facing punishing price rises just as they are also trying to cope with paying rising heating and shopping bills.

“I urge Stagecoach to re-think these price increases and I will continue to work tirelessly on the need for a different relationship with bus companies. We are working with the Greater Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, as well as lobbying the Government to try to ensure those who rely on buses are not constantly left at the mercy of Stagecoach’s profit margin.”

Vice-Chair of the Highways and Transport Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Neil Shailer, said: “This really is awful news and goes against everything we’re trying to do as a Joint Administration around more accessible, affordable and sustainable travel options.

“This is a shockingly callous commercial decision, over which we have no control.

“The agreement to delay the increases until the New Year will help in the run up to Christmas. But this, once again, points to the need to get back control of our buses and put public money into public services.”