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Public transport fares in NI to go up 7% due to ‘budget pressures’

Fares had remained frozen for around four years

Public transport fares across Northern Ireland are set to increase from next month.

The changes, which affect travel on Metro, Glider, NI Railways, Enterprise, Goldliner and Ulsterbus services, will see standard fares increase on average by approximately 7% from Monday, March 6.

In his written ministerial statement of November 24, 2022, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said that steps would need to be taken to improve Translink’s sustainability through the uprating of public transport fares.

A spokesperson for the Department for Infrastructure said: “The Department fully recognises the challenges facing many people in the current cost of living crisis.

“However, significant budget pressures mean the below inflation uplift is needed to maintain and improve public transport services.

“Translink will continue to offer a range of good value fares and we would encourage users of public transport to look for the best value options available. We would also continue to encourage people to reduce carbon emissions by walking, wheeling or cycling or using public transport, rather than private vehicles, to help address the climate emergency,”

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