“content that the consultation process has now been as comprehensive as possible”

After the earlier kerfuffle about the introduction of higher Translink fares, confirmation today that bus and rail fares in Northern Ireland are to “increase by up to 3%”. But are the increases really that different to those initially reported? Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy,

“Over recent weeks the Consumer Council and Translink have met,” [Conor Murphy] said. “I am informed that these discussions have been productive and that as a result, a number of changes to specific fares have been agreed. “I am aware that agreement has not been reached on every specific fare increase proposed, but at this stage I am content that the consultation process has now been as comprehensive as possible.”

Today’s reported fare increases

Metro fares up by 10p
Ulsterbus fares up by 10p
Rail fares up by 10p
No increase in Metro Smartlink
No increase Ulsterbus multi-journey
Cross border coach fares up 13%
Enterprise service up 10%

And the initially reported fare increases.

The government-owned company announced in newspaper advertisements that Enterprise cross-border rail tickets will cost 10% more, while coach journeys are set to go up by 13%.

It said NI Railways fares will also be increased by an average of 3%, while Ulsterbus and Goldline fares will go up by 2%.

Metro cash fares are to go up by 10p per journey, but Metro Smartlink multi-journeys are to remain the same, the transport firm said.