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Students to discuss bus price rise response

The Argus: Students to discuss bus price rise response Students to discuss bus price rise response

Students are set to take action over a recently announced bus ticket price rise.

The University of Sussex’s Student Union are hosting an extraordinary members’ meeting later this afternoon to discuss Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company's decision to increase ticket prices by 10p.

The meeting, held at 4pm at the university's Jubilee Lecture Theatre, follows a request from more than 150 students.

On the agenda, students will discuss the proposal for the union to lobby the bus firm to reduce their prices and improve their service.

The meeting will also discuss whether the union should work on alternative transport options.

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2:58pm Wed 9 Apr 14

twosugars says...

Hang on, the students already get cheap scratchcard savers and smartcards through the student union, its not as if they are paying full whack!
Hang on, the students already get cheap scratchcard savers and smartcards through the student union, its not as if they are paying full whack! twosugars
  • Score: 8

2:59pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pachallis says...

Good for the students! The latest price increase is, according to B&H Buses, mainly due to pay rises for the drivers as agreed with unions and a desire to get passengers to stop using cash as it costs them more to collect it vs.e-tickets (cash handling has apparently been outsourced).

This is the third, well above inflation, increase in fares that have been imposed on passengers by B&H Buses and it seems we are just told to 'like it or lump it' and to think 'how wonderful the service is'.
Good for the students! The latest price increase is, according to B&H Buses, mainly due to pay rises for the drivers as agreed with unions and a desire to get passengers to stop using cash as it costs them more to collect it vs.e-tickets (cash handling has apparently been outsourced). This is the third, well above inflation, increase in fares that have been imposed on passengers by B&H Buses and it seems we are just told to 'like it or lump it' and to think 'how wonderful the service is'. pachallis
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

MikeyA says...

twosugars wrote:
Hang on, the students already get cheap scratchcard savers and smartcards through the student union, its not as if they are paying full whack!
Anyway, aren't they all cycling everywhere? Surely not using Brighton's polluting, diesel-powered buses!!! Not very Green!
[quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: Hang on, the students already get cheap scratchcard savers and smartcards through the student union, its not as if they are paying full whack![/p][/quote]Anyway, aren't they all cycling everywhere? Surely not using Brighton's polluting, diesel-powered buses!!! Not very Green! MikeyA
  • Score: 2

3:11pm Wed 9 Apr 14

VoodooGangbanger says...

why not walk? its what I do, bus prices are ludicrous, even when I was working 4 miles away id get up and have a hours walk along the coast there and back each day, keeps you healthy, its economical and its environmentally sound.
why not walk? its what I do, bus prices are ludicrous, even when I was working 4 miles away id get up and have a hours walk along the coast there and back each day, keeps you healthy, its economical and its environmentally sound. VoodooGangbanger
  • Score: -5

3:19pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Jormungand says...

The point is that public transport should be encouraged not discouraged. Normally public transports are supposed to be eco-friendly as it reduces the number of cars commuting to a place. I understand the point of walking etc coming from, however, the B&H is a monopoly, which can do whatever they want to do such as increasing the price. It affects not only the students but also the Brighton citizens. I guess it's important to discuss the issue no matter what the outcome is. Hopefully the B&H understands the situation and comes up with an alternative solution for whatever the problem is for them.
The point is that public transport should be encouraged not discouraged. Normally public transports are supposed to be eco-friendly as it reduces the number of cars commuting to a place. I understand the point of walking etc coming from, however, the B&H is a monopoly, which can do whatever they want to do such as increasing the price. It affects not only the students but also the Brighton citizens. I guess it's important to discuss the issue no matter what the outcome is. Hopefully the B&H understands the situation and comes up with an alternative solution for whatever the problem is for them. Jormungand
  • Score: 8

3:31pm Wed 9 Apr 14

mrpurplestorm says...

The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4
The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4 mrpurplestorm
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Wed 9 Apr 14

concernedofBrighton says...

mrpurplestorm wrote:
The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4
It says it's going to cost £3.70 on their website.
[quote][p][bold]mrpurplestorm[/bold] wrote: The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4[/p][/quote]It says it's going to cost £3.70 on their website. concernedofBrighton
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

NickBtn says...

Well done. This price rise isn't acceptable. There have been years of above inflation price rises blamed on rising fuel costs. Now, as fuel costs fall, the price still goes up. The bus company is abusing its monopoly position

Brighton and Hove buses don't even give a reason for the price rise on their web site - they know that they can't explain or excuse this.

So it's good that the students have noticed and have some power to do something.

Green council. You should be encouraging public transport and bus prices are now ridiculous. You don't directly control prices but you do have lots of influence. Stop building bus lanes, and indeed possibly remove some from this monopoly, until prices are reduced and profits are not excessive
Well done. This price rise isn't acceptable. There have been years of above inflation price rises blamed on rising fuel costs. Now, as fuel costs fall, the price still goes up. The bus company is abusing its monopoly position Brighton and Hove buses don't even give a reason for the price rise on their web site - they know that they can't explain or excuse this. So it's good that the students have noticed and have some power to do something. Green council. You should be encouraging public transport and bus prices are now ridiculous. You don't directly control prices but you do have lots of influence. Stop building bus lanes, and indeed possibly remove some from this monopoly, until prices are reduced and profits are not excessive NickBtn
  • Score: 5

6:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BURIRAM says...

The students have plenty of money, the buses are full at night with them going into town drunk.
Bus fares are cheap here compared to other places where the buses all stop at 6pm.
A day ticket in Southampton is £4.20
A day ticket in Blackpool is £4.50
A day ticket in Boston is £5.50
These are just three areas that I randomly looked up and Brighton students are complaining that there 24hour ticket is going up to £4
The students have plenty of money, the buses are full at night with them going into town drunk. Bus fares are cheap here compared to other places where the buses all stop at 6pm. A day ticket in Southampton is £4.20 A day ticket in Blackpool is £4.50 A day ticket in Boston is £5.50 These are just three areas that I randomly looked up and Brighton students are complaining that there 24hour ticket is going up to £4 BURIRAM
  • Score: 2

8:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Minion says...

It's not just students that have to pay more, everyone does. They're doing everyone a favour by coming together over this.
It's not just students that have to pay more, everyone does. They're doing everyone a favour by coming together over this. Minion
  • Score: 3

9:03pm Wed 9 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

No wonder this country is going to the dogs when smelly students have nothing better to do than whinge and whine about something has absolutely nothing to do with them.

Go back to school and stop being all Che Guevara, you annoying little pests.
No wonder this country is going to the dogs when smelly students have nothing better to do than whinge and whine about something has absolutely nothing to do with them. Go back to school and stop being all Che Guevara, you annoying little pests. NathanAdler
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Wed 9 Apr 14

twosugars says...

mrpurplestorm wrote:
The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4
And a seven day student smartcard at £12.50 works out a £1.78 a day
[quote][p][bold]mrpurplestorm[/bold] wrote: The student 23/25 day saver is actually going up 50p to £4[/p][/quote]And a seven day student smartcard at £12.50 works out a £1.78 a day twosugars
  • Score: 1

11:23pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Max Ripple says...

Return bus from The Level to Churchill Sq is now £4.20. One simple little trip. £8.40 if my wife comes with me. Madness! Almost might as well get a taxi. Or why not try driving in and parking in Churchill Sq car park. £3.20 for two hours and it's door to door.
And before you suggest I walk - I have a gammy foot which means I can't walk far or get a disabled badge or any other freebies. Oh yes, I NEED a car. Or cheaper bus fares.
Return bus from The Level to Churchill Sq is now £4.20. One simple little trip. £8.40 if my wife comes with me. Madness! Almost might as well get a taxi. Or why not try driving in and parking in Churchill Sq car park. £3.20 for two hours and it's door to door. And before you suggest I walk - I have a gammy foot which means I can't walk far or get a disabled badge or any other freebies. Oh yes, I NEED a car. Or cheaper bus fares. Max Ripple
  • Score: 2

12:44am Thu 10 Apr 14

bus nut says...

oh goody cant wait to drive an empty bus up to the uni esp if its raining hard oh I forgot you've already paid for your tickets anyway so no real loss of revenue silly students
oh goody cant wait to drive an empty bus up to the uni esp if its raining hard oh I forgot you've already paid for your tickets anyway so no real loss of revenue silly students bus nut
  • Score: 1

8:05am Thu 10 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

I've never like the discount system in this country, we have about 6 different discounts on the trains,different discounts on the buses (including the free Wetherspoons pension passes). But we have no real discounts for hard working single people with no children. It should be equal across the board.
I've never like the discount system in this country, we have about 6 different discounts on the trains,different discounts on the buses (including the free Wetherspoons pension passes). But we have no real discounts for hard working single people with no children. It should be equal across the board. TIMBURRY
  • Score: 2

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