Bus fare rise for First Devon and Cornwall passengers

First bus
Image caption First said the fare increases had been kept to "the absolute minimum"

Some bus fares in the South West have been increased.

First Devon and Cornwall said it was "always a measure of last resort" to raise prices, but the move was necessary because of higher fuel and operating costs.

Some adult fares and all child fares - single and return - have risen between 5p and 25p.

The bus company said every attempt had been made to keep the increases as small as possible,

It pointed out that as part of its annual review, some other fares had been frozen or reduced.

Investment profit

Director Marc Reddy said: "We understand that no one likes it when fares go up and we have done everything we can to keep any increases to the absolute minimum.

"We have also taken steps where we can to reduce the price of some fares or season tickets making travel by bus even more attractive to customers."

Mr Reddy said the company had to ensure fares "adequately reflected" what it cost the company to run the business, while ensuring there was enough profit to invest in its network, staff and vehicles.

Information about the fare changes have been put on the company's website.

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