BUS fares for one of Bromsgrove’s main operators are set to increase to ‘reduce the risk of significant service cuts to the network’ in the future.

Diamond Bus is increasing their ticket fares from Sunday, May 28 in Redditch, Kidderminster and Bromsgrove.

However, the operator will still continue to take part in the current government-funded £2 fare cap scheme for single journeys.

An adult day ticket in Bromsgrove will now cost £4.80, an increase of 65p from its current price of £4.15.

A child day ticket in Bromsgrove is rising by 75p to a price of £3.50.

An adult Bromsgrove week ticket will cost £20 – an increase of £3.75 from its current price.

Diamond Bus say the industry has struggled to recover since the Covid pandemic and continues to make financial losses in the UK.

A spokesperson for the provider said: "We understand that the general cost of living has increased for many people, and in these difficult times, to hear that bus fares in the region will also be increasing is not welcome news.

“However, it is an unfortunate necessity in order to make our network more viable and reduce the risk of significant service cuts to the bus network in the future.”

Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Cllr Mike Rouse said: he understands the concerns around the fare increase and it’s disheartening’ to see the adjustments.

“While the fare increase is regrettable, it is a necessary step to account for the rising operational expenses faced by Diamond Buses,” said Cllr Rouse.

“However, our focus remains steadfast on implementing measures that enhance our transportation services.

“The establishment of the Enhanced Partnership, coupled with the government’s funding for our Bus Service Improvement Plan, demonstrates our commitment to delivering improved quality and efficiency in our bus services for the benefit of our community.”