Bus passengers might have to find more money to use their regular services in a month’s time after Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company announced rises on a range of their tickets.

We appreciate that the company has not taken these rises lightly and has done well to freeze prices where possible.

But residents cannot help feeling that they see rises in all walks of life whatever the economic mood.

In boom times, the rises here and there were maybe not that noticeable and could be cushioned by our united feeling of prosperity.

But in tough times, it was the ordinary worker who was asked to shoulder the pain.

Now with petrol prices falling to unprecedented lows and the country heading towards deflation, many will be left wondering under what circumstances will we ever see everyday costs fall.

If we are ever going to see air emissions drop and air quality improve in our city, then the bus will have to stack up as a significant financial advantage over the car.