Time to cut the cost of public transport


Jill_Seymour.jpegUKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour is calling on public transport operators to cut their ticket prices to reflect the sharp drop in fuel costs.

Mrs Seymour MEP, welcomed the fact that the price of fuel has fallen to its lowest level in five years.

But she added: “The last time unleaded fuel and diesel were this low was the first quarter of 2010, but the same can’t be said for the cost of travelling on public transport.

“It is good to see petrol and diesel companies finally passing on the fall in Brent Crude to motorists – now the onus is on bus operators to do the same.

“Much like the domestic energy companies, they are always quick enough to pass on increases, and bus fares have increased in many parts of England and Wales over the past few months.”

Only last week, Transport London pressed ahead with a 2.3 per cent rise in bus fares. And in West Yorkshire, First Bus has increased its fares by an average of 2.8 per cent.

Mrs Seymour added: “There is no sign of oil production group Opec doing anything to halt the world’s current over-production, so it seems likely that costs have further to fall.

“It is only fair, therefore, that public transport operators pass on these reductions to their customers.”

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