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“Please help me persuade Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company and Brighton and Hove City Council to reconsider their fare rises” – Myf Nixon

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Myf Nixon

Those of us who use Brighton and Hove buses frequently have suffered fare rise upon rise over the past few years. At some point, we're going to reach a price ceiling where we simply can't afford to pay the ticket prices - and we're only a family of three. I can't imagine how larger families sustain their travel.

Aren't there other ways to fund this admittedly excellent service? More adverts on and inside buses might be a good source of revenue.

Fare prices really ought also to be set against other means of transport. We don't drive (part of why this is such a crucial issue for us) but I've already heard friends saying they take the car because parking in town is cheaper than the bus for 2 adults and 2 kids.

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  • 1 Myf Nixon reported the issue on FixMyTransport. close 12:13 31 Aug 2011
  • 2 Myf Nixon wrote to Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company close 12:13 31 Aug 2011

    Here is the letter that Myf Nixon wrote.

    Fare rises

    I heard the news that ticket prices are set to rise in price again with dismay. I fully recognise that we have an excellent bus service in Brighton and that it's worth paying for, but the price hikes are so frequent that it becomes a serious dent in our weekly budget. We use the bus on an ad-hoc basis so season tickets do not help us.

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  • 3 Myf Nixon commented close 09:48 26 Jan 2012

    Brighton & Hove Buses didn't reply to this issue - it did come pretty soon after another complaint I sent them via FMT, which they replied to very speedily, so I wonder if thety just thought I was going to badger them so frequently they'd rather not engage?

    I still find the bus fares too high and friends have remarked that it's cheaper for them to drive into town and pay for a day's parking than it is to buy bus tickets for the family. They have kids who are under the age where they pay, as well!

    We don't have a choice, though. I guess the bus company know that however high the fares, some of us will always have to pay up. I guess we do walk the mile into town more frequently than we used to - which we can do, now that our daughter is a bit older.

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  • 4 Jonathan Tilley commented close 10:18 25 Apr 2012

    I remember when a 1 day Brighton bus ticket cost £1, it is now £4.40
    During this time, fuel costs have doubled. How can a 450% rise in fares be justified?

  • 5 Jonathan Stott commented close 13:41 25 Apr 2012

    Still cheaper than the buses in Medway/Kent. A day ticket for the Medway area costs £5.50 and single fares for 1-mile journeys are often over £2.

    There needs to be much better regulation of bus fares outside London to avoid situations where people are being priced off.

  • 6 Nicola Gibson commented close 21:36 13 Sep 2012

    Good for you for not driving though. And good on you for setting this up. I think the bus service is pretty good compared to other places I know in the country. However, I think more should be done to improve/regulate public transport in this town. I will now just walk rather than take the bus (with heavy shopping not ideal as we live on a hill) but what most disappoints in this is the most recent price hike because of what it will cost to buy my son a bus pass to go to school.

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