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Dublin Bus to raise cash fares by 15pc in January

Dublin Bus blames rising fuel costs and falling advertising income as it confirms its biggest increase to cash fares in years.

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DUBLIN BUS has announced it will increase its main cash fares with effect from New Year’s Day – with its biggest hike for several years.

The bus operator this afternoon revealed it would raise its cash fares by an average of 15 per cent, while single journey fares would increase by about 5 per cent for customers travelling with the new Leap Card.

Journeys of 1-3 stages, which currently cost €1.20, will now cost €1.40 for cash customers or €1.25 for those with the new integrated Leap Card.

Journeys of 4 to 7 stages will now cost €1.90 for cash-paying passengers – up from €1.65 – while journeys of up to 13 stages will now set cash-paying customers back €2.15, up from €1.85.

Leap customers will pay €1.70 and €1.95 – increases of 5c and 10c respectively – for each of those journeys.

Journeys of more than 13 stages will rise from €2.30 to €2.60 for cash customers, and €2.40 for those paying with the prepaid Leap Card.

In a statement this evening, Dublin Bus said it was “facing a challenging financial position” as a result of the recession, and that the government had cut its subsidy for the operator by €14 million for next year.

The operator is also likely to face €8 million in extra costs last year as a result of increased fuel charges, a fall in advertising revenue, and the costs of rolling out the Leap integrated ticketing system.

Full details of the new fares can be found at the Dublin Bus website.

Bus Éireann fares are going up by an average of 5 per cent next month, while DART and Luas fares are set to rise by similar amounts.

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