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Bus fares will increase in 2010

Bus fares last rose in Jersey in September 2004

Bus fares in Jersey will increase for the first time in more than five years, Jersey's transport minister has said.

The cost of each journey will rise by 10p from 1 January 2010.

Constable Mike Jackson said he had been reluctant to put prices up but it was necessary to keep the bus service running at minimum cost to taxpayers.

The extra income will be used to provide more buses on routes that get overcrowded and extra services to the countryside, the minister said.

Mr Jackson said latest increase was below the cost of living; which has risen by 18% since the fares last went up in September 2004.

'More imaginative pricing'

He also announced later opening hours at Jersey's main bus station.

Liberation Station in St Helier will now stay open until 1930 GMT.

"It's not open right until the very last bus... but it's covering a larger proportion of the late night bus services," said Mr Jackson.

Jersey transport campaigner Geraint Jennings said the price increases were a short-term solution to over-crowding.

He called for "more imaginative pricing", such as premium rates during peak times.

"Some people might move their journey times a little or be encouraged to change a bit if we had some off-peak pricing," Mr Jennings told BBC Jersey.

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