Kids face dearer bus fares

CHILDREN'S bus fares are to rise by 10p at the end of this week.

South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority says the rise from 40p to 50p is due to cuts in transport budgets.

The increase is the first in eight years and the SIPTA says that if children's fares had kept pace with inflation, it would already be 60p.

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Officials say child concessionary fares in South Yorkshire are still the lowest in the metropolitan areas of England outside of London and even after the rise are likely to remain the lowest as others review their own fares.

Further 10p rises are due to come into effect in April 2012 and April 2013.

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