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Public transport fares to rise


Dublin Bus will increase a 1.80 euro trip to 1.95 euro

Dublin Bus will increase a 1.80 euro trip to 1.95 euro

Dublin Bus will increase a 1.80 euro trip to 1.95 euro

Hard-pressed commuters are to be hit with higher fares for public transport trips, it has been announced.

Cash-paying bus and rail users face the most punishing hikes as transport chiefs try to persuade more travellers on to top-up Leap cards.

In the capital, Dublin Bus will increase a 1.80 euro trip to 1.95 euro, the 2.35 euro ticket rises to 2.55 euro and the 2.60 euro to 2.80 euro.

A 3.05 euro Dublin Bus journey will jump in price to 3.30 euro.

Dublin Bus carries almost half of all public transport commuters in the State.

Nationwide, Bus Eireann has been given the green light to drive regional city commuter fares up by as much as 9%.

There will be up to 5% increases on other local journeys.

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Irish rail users taking suburban services will be forced to pay up to 17% more on some cash fares, while Luas commuters in the capital face hikes of up to 11% on some tickets.

The price increases have been approved by the National Transport Authority after submissions from each of the publicly owned bus and rail companies.

Gerry Murphy, chief executive of the authority, claimed the overhaul has simplified the fares system.

"With over 750,000 Leap Cards now in circulation and almost two million euro per week used in travel credit, the Leap Card has clearly been welcomed by the travelling public - both for the convenience and for the value it offers," he said.

"In fact, even with the fares increases announced today - a Leap Card fare in 2015 will nearly always be the same as or lower than a cash fare was in 2012."

Mr Murphy blamed dropping sales, subsidy cutbacks and fuel cost rises for the increase in fares.

Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann, Irish Rail and Luas fare increases on monthly and annual ticket could kick in from November 1 with cash fare hikes expected from December 1.

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