A CORNWALL councillor has said the bus fare between Pendeen and Penzance looks set to rise by £2 early next year.
Sue James, member for St Just in Penwith, said she has heard a return journey could now set travellers back £7.50 as of January 6 2014. It was previously £5.50 - marking a rise of over 35 per cent.
The price increase comes after the service to Pendeen was changed earlier this year, with the bus stopping halfway into the village and leaving some residents with a longer walk to the bus stop. The journey time was also increased as a result of the route alterations.
Cllr James said the price rise will really affect the community and added it was even more of an insult given the reduced accessibility of the service.
“There will be many people who will struggle to pay this and it is likely to be counter productive - as fewer people will use the bus,” she explained.
“I am concerned that this follows a worsening of the service to people in the village. Pay more and get a worse service does not seem like a good deal,” added Cllr James.
The councillor said it was a double blow for the area, with a number of residents already struggling to pay for travel.
She added a local unemployed man, who did not want to be named, said he will “struggle to afford to pay the fare” as he goes to Penzance to claim Jobseekers’ Allowance twice a month.
First Bus could not be reached for comment at this time.