Tax blamed for fare rise

BUS passengers will be paying more for their journeys due to rising costs and a 32% Government hike in fuel tax on buses, operator Stagecoach has said.

Fares across Angus will rise by an average of 4 per cent from April 16 but the company has said it has done its best to minimise the impact on customers to offer an affordable alternative to commuting by car.

It also said the UK Government’s planned 3p fuel duty rise, combined with the Scottish Government’s changes to the Bus Service Operators Grant from April 1, would increase fuel tax on its bus passengers in Scotland by 32%.

Charlie Mullen, Stagecoach East Scotland managing director, said: “We have had to take some very tough decisions, but we have worked hard to keep fares down for those who rely on the bus the most. Our bus services continue to offer a greener, smarter and better value way to travel and we will also continue to re-invest the income from fares in improvements for passengers.”