First UK bus operators in Suffolk is increasing fares for some of its single and return fares by 10p or 20p from January 13 2019. The cost of some group tickets will also go up if bought on a bus.
Weekly, monthly, and annual tickets for all passengers will be frozen and the company will reduce the cost of day tickets when bought with an mTicket app on their mobile phone to pay for their journey.
There will be an increase in the cost of 10-trip tickets which are used by people who irregularly use bus services.
The company is trying to encourage as many passengers as possible to use the mTickets because they are much faster to process and allow buses to get around faster.
With these changes there will be more differential pricing between digital tickets and those bought on the buses.
And the company says that for people who don’t have mTickets it is possible to use contactless credit cards on its buses which are faster than trying to pay with cash.
First Eastern Counties operates bus services across much of Suffolk – especially in rural areas – and on a few routes in the east of Ipswich.
Its fare changes come into force a few weeks after borough council-owned Ipswich Buses increased fares on its network around the town.