Sinn Féin MLA and infrastructure spokesperson Cathal Boylan has slammed the increase of fares for morning commuters that is set to be introduced on Monday.
The Newry and Armagh MLA stated:
“With the early bird scheme set to be axed on Monday, workers in 15 towns and cities are set to face a 30-75% increase in the daily cost of bus travel to Belfast.
“This is a completely unacceptable burden for workers during the cost of living crisis and flies in the face of the decision to freeze fares by then Infrastructure Minister, John O’Dowd.
“This Tory decision to increase fares will impact everyday workers who depend on public transport and are already struggling.
“If we’re serious about tackling the climate emergency we need to invest in our public transport to improve connectivity, keep fares affordable, and support people to use public transport.”