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North East bus company raises ticket fares

A bus company is to raise single fares across its North East network.

Arriva said there would be a change to most fares from 26 February. More than 98% of single fares will have an increase of 10p or less.

There will also be some new weekly tickets introduced in the Tyne and Wear, Morpeth, Ashington and Blyth areas.

The company said the changes aimed to have minimal impact on customers "at a time when finances were tight".

Arriva said the new weekly tickets built on the success of the Day Triple tickets and would "provide substantial savings".

'Prevent impact'

A weekly ticket from Blyth to Newcastle used to be £23 - the new weekly ticket will cost £20 to travel between the same two points.

Iain McInroy, area managing director for Arriva North East, said: "Arriva has done everything we can to prevent this impact on our passengers.

"Most of these fares have only risen by a small amount and our multi-use four weekly tickets still have their extra discount when bought online."

He added: 'We would hope that our customers understand that we have tried to keep this impact to a minimum as only a very small number of passengers buying a single fare ticket will have an increase of more than 10p."

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