Whereas Blackpool simplify their fares, Nottingham Express Transit review their fares but however you say it the same thing happens – fares rise! Pay on the day fares to travel on Nottingham Express Transit will be rising from Sunday 27th July but pre-paid fares (season ticket holders and MANGO smart cards) will be remaining the same.
Adult single journeys will increase by 20p to £2.20 with a day ticket going up to £3.70 (again an increase of 20p). Although the press release states that season ticket holders will not see an increase this only applies to tickets longer than a week as the Adult weekly ticket will increase by £1 (to £16) as will the Group tickets (the standard NET Group ticket will go up to £9 but no mention is made whether the NET special offer of 5 for £5, which is regularly used during school holidays, will also suffer from this increase.
Speaking about the increase Phil Hewitt, Chief Executive of Tramlink Nottingham, said: “Fare increases are never introduced lightly, but with a range of payment options available, the tram still offers fantastic value for money and is one of the least expensive and most convenient ways to get around the city.”
The announcement of these fare increases encourages any would be passengers to try the excellent range of pre-paid tickets. Short journeys on NET using a MANGO card are just £1 with all other single trips being £1.50. Meanwhile period season tickets allow passengers to enjoy unlimited tram travel for as little as £1.23 a day.
Mr Hewitt added: “As well as saving them money, smart card technology makes it quicker to board the tram as there’s no need to find cash to pay for a ticket from a machine. MANGO holders just swipe their card against a validator before boarding. “The modest rise in cash fares reflects rising costs over the past 12 months and follows a rationalisation of ticket options last year which saw the cost of many journeys actually being reduced.”