Nottingham City Transport has announced it will be increasing some bus fares from Sunday March 31st. The company points out it is the first rise in its prices for a year (the last increase was on March 25th 2018) but says they are necessary to cover above inflationary increases in operating costs – as well as to allow investment over the next 12 months in its fleet and new ticketing technology. It explains that the price NCT is paying for a litre of diesel has increased by 8 pence per litre over the last year – which represents an 8.5% rise – and can no longer be absorbed.
The company adds that significant investment in lowering bus emissions will also continue throughout this year, including on its Navy 3 buses, so all vehicles will meet Nottingham’s new clean air requirements to improve air quality across the city. Whilst NCT confirms it has been successful in securing some external funding towards this investment, most of the cost has to be met through fares.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT’s Marketing Manager said: “We appreciate increasing fares is never popular, but as our day to day operating costs rise above inflation again and with the significant investment we have to make in 2019 to introduce 67 more bio-gas buses to our fleet in order to reduce emissions by the end of the year, it is unavoidable”.
The main price changes relevant to Ruddington are:
- Standard City single increases by 10p to £2.30 for an adult and £1.20 for under 19
- All day ticket increases by 20p to £4.20 for adults, but is frozen at £2.50 for an under 19
- Clifton Local Fare increases by 10p to £1.20
- Short Hop / other Local Fares frozen at £2.50 and £1.40 respectively
- Network Rider frozen at £6.50 for an adult and £5.00 for an under 19
- Off Peak Grouprider (after 09:30 weekdays, all day weekends) will increase from £5 to £6
- Off Peak Network Grouprider (after 09:30 weekdays, all day weekends) will increase from £7.50 to £9
- NightBus fares (the N48 serves Ruddington) will increase for the first time in almost 9 years from £3 to £4, but a new “Duo” ticket will be introduced covering 2 people travelling together priced at £6
- Prices on the NCTX Buses app and Robin Hood ‘Pay As You Go’ cards will rise to match the new cash equivalent ticket prices
- Easyrider Everyday and Everyday Further smart card prices will rise by 5-6%, although customers paying by Direct Debit will see their price frozen
- Easyrider Anyday and Anyday Further prices will increase for the first time in 2 years, by an average of 7%
You can find full details of all NCT’s new fares here: www.nctx.co.uk/farechange.