Bus fares may rise for those who pay cash

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BUS fares paid for in cash could rise next year to encourage Islanders to switch to a new smartcard, LibertyBus has confirmed.

The company, which will take over from Connex on 2 January, has committed to freezing prices for fares paid for by the new payment card, which can be topped up online or at Liberation Station. However, it said it could not guarantee that cash fares would remain frozen.

Francesca Rotheram, marketing manager of LibertyBus, said: 'The smartcards will be introduced throughout next year. During February and March they will be offered to concessions such as the over 65s, and later in the year they will be offered to everyone.'

Full story in Saturday's JEP

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