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Inflation Hits Stagecoach East Prices

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Stagecoach East are announcing that ticket prices are set to rise in the lead up to summer in order to keep up with inflation.

On Sunday 8th of May, Stagecoach East is raising the price of their fares by an average of 4.8%. However, nightrider tickets, valid for unlimited travel after 7pm, are frozen at £3.

Douglas Robertson, Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “Stagecoach has consistently delivered some of the lowest ticket prices in the country and we are committed to continuing to keep fares as low as possible for our passengers. 

“Like many sectors of the economy, bus operators are seeing significant cost inflation, primarily driven by increased fuel and staffing costs. At the same time, the money bus operators receive in fares to keep services running remains significantly below pre-pandemic levels.

“As well as paying for the day to day running of the country’s vital bus networks, ticket costs help us to continue investing in improvements for our passengers, and pay for bus workers who have worked hard to keep communities connected and services running during the pandemic.”

Stagecoach operate a number of routes in Highland Perthshire such as Pitlochry to Perth via the A9.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach East added: “These increases reflect the rising costs of running services. Since 2019, costs across the bus industry have risen by around 12%, mainly driven by fuel and staff wage increases.”

This change comes as inflation rises across the UK, in January of this year the Office of National Statics announced that inflation rose by 4.9% from January of 2021 to 2022.

Specifically, their findings revealed that the cost of transportation dropped during the pandemic as providers also dropped prices. But since lockdown has lifted, the cost of transport in the UK has been trending on a steady rise.

A spokesperson for the Office of National Statistics explained: “Within transport, the movements have mainly been caused by changes in the price of motor fuels.

“Motor fuels made a downward contribution to the 12-month rate between March 2020 and February 2021, before the contribution turned positive in March 2021 and subsequently increased to 0.58 percentage points in November 2021. In January 2022 the contribution fell back to 0.50 percentage points.”

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