Praise for bus firm U-turn

A stagecoach bus and (below) Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace.
A stagecoach bus and (below) Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace.
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A BUS firm has been praised after a planned fare hike - branded “unfair” on families - was scrapped.

Stagecoach had been planning to put fares for school pupils up by 24 per cent - but the company has now performed a U-turn on the plans days before the start of the school term.

Ben Wallace, MP for Wyre and Preston North

Ben Wallace, MP for Wyre and Preston North

It comes after Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace stepped in following dozens of complaints from parents.

Mr Wallace wrote to the firm after parents raised concerns about the 24 per cent increase on the price of bus pass between Wyre and schools in Lancaster.

He argued the rise in fares was unfair on pupils and their families, and could put parents in difficulty as their children were enrolled in the Lancaster schools before the fare hike.

Stagecoach has now assured Mr Wallace any further price increases will take place over a longer period of time to ensure they are more gradual, and he praised the company for its “measured and sensible response” to his concerns.

Mr Wallace said: “I am delighted Stagecoach has listened and have conceded that the 24 per cent price increase was “hard to justify.

“I have been assured such high price increases will be avoided in the future by rescheduling any necessary rises over longer periods and ensuring any rises are gradual and justifiable.

“I welcome Stagecoach’s measured and sensible response and I would also like to thank the parents who contacted me to highlight this situation.”

Mr Wallace added the firm would be contacting those who have already bought tickets during the term to arrange a price reduction for term three.

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