MP slams bus fare increases after complaints of poor service

Bury North MP James Frith has slammed the decision by First to raise bus fares from January 2018, saying that complaints he has received about First bus services mean fare rises are not acceptable.

First have announced that most single, day/week/month and season tickets will increase in price from 2nd January. Managing Director of First Manchester, Phil Medlicott, justified the increases by referring to the rising costs the business faces. First closed their Bury depot earlier this year and cancelled the popular X35 express route from Ramsbottom into Manchester and have received criticism for buses not turning up or turning up late due to their failure to recruit enough drivers.

Speaking after the announcement of the fare hike, James said:

“This announcement will rightly anger many local residents, who frequently report to me their experiences of very poor services provided by First. I regularly hear about buses not turning up or turning up very late. I first reported these issues to First several months ago but no improvements have been made. To cancel vital routes like the X35, deliver a poor service on other routes and hike fares at a time when families are struggling is unacceptable and only adds to the appetite of passengers for re-regulated bus services.”

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  • commented 2018-01-02 07:57:55 +0000
    Try listening to LBC. Everything is driven by London. If I wanted to travel the same distance as Bury to Liverpool (or Leeds) in London there are 5/6 different ways I can go via the underground train – about 45 minutes. Using public transport in Manchester it would take me half a day to travel the same distance, in the rain! But let’s build HS2 – I despair!
  • commented 2018-01-01 17:18:47 +0000
    I wonder if Mr Frith uses a bus? I’m old enough to remember buses pre -Thatcher (it was the first thing Mrs T privatised) a conductor took the fare (no delay at the bus stop) – if someone put their feet on a seat he asked them to leave (don’t the idiots who do this realise they just trod in dog mess) Hmm as 90% of Bury has a car wouldn’t time be better spent looking at possible relief roads? Start with a connection Rochdale Old Road to Heap Bridge PLEASE
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