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12 April 2015, 07:09 | Updated: 12 April 2015, 07:22
Changes to fares and timetables come into force today in Luton and Northampton from today.
Bus passengers across parts of the Four Counties are being told there's changes ahead from today on many of our bus routes as local firms change their timetables and fares.
In Luton, routes, frequency and service numbers are being changed, including the introduction of 14 new micro hybrid buses with free Wi-Fi, an investment of £1.5m.
Arriva say the changes will make your journey more reliable, more direct and more connected including better links to important places like the hospital and the railway station.
The transport firm say the highlights include:
• Increased frequency on many key routes including Service 27 to Stopsley and Services 28 and 29 to Farley Hill
• Improved evening services as well as more buses running at the weekend
• Better links to key places including Luton railway station and hospital – especially from Luton town centre via new bus Service Z (which uses the Busway to come in and out of the town centre)
• A new Travel Centre in the Interchange at Luton railway station – opening in April
See more HERE
In Northampton, local operator Stagecoach are keeping the existing network, but are putting fares up.
The firm says like other transport companies, they fix the price of fuel in advance to protect customers from the regular ups and downs in the price of oil and provide greater certainty in financial planning which is essential for any business.
Stagecoach say fuel accounts for only 11% of their total operating costs and cost increases elsewhere are rising faster than the income we get from people catching the bus. The company is also keen to stress that several independent surveys has found they offer the lowest fares of any major bus operator in the UK.
The operator is the only major bus provider in Northampton on local and regional routes, and they say as covering the costs of running services, money from fares is spent on new greener and more accessible buses and other improvements for customers, such as smart ticketing technology.
More information HERE