Tyne & Wear

Durham park and ride fares to increase

Park and ride fares in Durham are set to increase on 2 April because of "inflation and fuel costs", the county council said.

The scheme, which carries more than 1.1m passengers a year, encourages people to the city without their cars.

A day ticket will rise from £1.70 to £2.00 and day tickets using a smart card will rise from £1.50 to £1.70.

Passengers under 16, accompanied by an adult, and concessions after 09:30 Monday to Friday, will remain free.

The fares have not changed since the scheme was launched in December 2005.

Cabinet member Councillor Neil Foster, said: "Park and Ride fares have been kept at the same level for over six years. Had fares kept pace with inflation the cost of an all day ticket would now be in excess of £2.00.

''The new fare package will protect the existing range of discounts and free travel entitlement for concessionary pass holders and young people, whilst remaining excellent value for money for all other customers."

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