Oxfordshire Stagecoach bus fares to rise by 'up to 5%'

Bus passengers will pay an average of 5% more for their journeys across Oxfordshire.

Operator Stagecoach announced a rise earlier this month, citing rising costs and the government's hike in fuel tax.

Weekly season tickets around the county's towns and on the Oxford Tube have been frozen while Stagecoach plans to introduce new offers for families.

Stagecoach's Oxfordshire managing director Martin Sutton said it was the first fare rise in almost three years.

It means, for example, that an adult return ticket between Oxford and Witney will cost 30p more.

Mr Sutton said: "We have had to take some very tough decisions, but we have worked hard to keep fares down for those who rely on the bus the most.

"We share the frustration of our passengers. Along with businesses, they are already being squeezed by higher bills and energy prices."

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