Fares rise on rural services

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Fares on bus routes subsidised by Lancashire County Council went up on Sunday following an annual review of ticket prices.

Lancashire County Council provides around 100 local bus service contracts throughout the county.

These are a mixture of subsidised daytime rural and urban services, together with evening and weekend services which complement the overall commercial bus network.

In line with inflation, fares have risen on average by 1.7 per cent with most single fares increasing by five pence for journeys costing below £4, or 10 pence for journeys costing above £4.

Weekly ticket prices are to stay the same as they are now.

A number of bus fares which operate alongside commercial routes have been revised to match, as fares on subsidised services must not be lower than those offered commercially.

Late last year there was an uproar throughout the community when LCC proposed cutting evening and weekend subsidised services, which would severely have affected the rural communities and some of the most vulnerable people living in the villages and LCC eventually did a u-turn.