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Bus and train fares set to rise
Metro bus
Bus and rail fares are set to increase next March
Bus and rail users have been warned by Translink that fares across Northern Ireland are set to rise again in six months' time.

The transport company blamed its decision on higher fuel costs.

Alan Walker of the Consumer Council said the move was unwelcome but predictable, given the circumstances.

"At a time when Translink is improving punctuality and reliability, it is important future price increases do not dent passenger confidence," he said.

Mr Walker said he was pleased that "until now Translink has been able to shield passengers by buying fuel in advance at lower prices".

He praised the company for publicising the increase in advance.

"This will give us time to see what can be done to ensure that other costs are kept under control to minimise increases in fares next year," he said.

Fares last went up in March, when Metro and Ulsterbus tickets rose by 2%, and Northern Ireland Railways fares increased by 5%.

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