A BUS company is raising its prices today.

The cost of several tickets on Brighton and Hove Bus services will increase because of a “sizeable growth in traffic and congestion in the city centre”.

The company said this had caused “cost pressures which had outpaced bus lanes and other bus priority measures”.

The consequent increase in journey times has forced the rise.

Longer adult single journeys, which can currently be bought for £2.20, will now cost 10p more.

The price of a one-day citySAVER tickets, which gives the holder unlimited travel within the city for 24 hours, is now £5.20, a 20p increase.

The annual citySAVER has also seen a price hike of more than £30, now costing £669.

Meanwhile, the annual networkSAVER ticket, which gives holders unlimited travel on routes stretching to Shoreham, Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells, has risen by more than £35.

Its new price is £730.

But the bus company has dropped some of its prices.

Short journeys on many routes, including journeys between Brighton Station, Churchill Square, the Clock Tower, North Street, Old Steine and St James’s Street, have fallen from £2.20 to £1.90.

Short journeys outside the city centre, including trips from Mile Oak to Portslade Health Centre and Whitehawk to Lidl, will also go down.