A BUS passenger was alarmed to find that his fare had risen by 13%.
First Bus announced last week that some ticket prices would increase by 8% on Sunday because of rising fuel costs.
But Robert Wortley discovered that the rise has been steeper in the Colne Valley.
He said: “I got the bus from Golcar to Huddersfield and found the fare, which had been £2.20, had increased to £2.50.
“That is considerably more than an 8% rise; by my reckoning it’s 13%.
“I could understand if they had rounded it up to the nearest penny, but this is just a rip-off,” he added
A First spokesman said: “The 8% figure is an average; some fares have gone up by more than that.”
Kirklees Council’s new public transport chief, Clr Martyn Bolt, expressed concern about the increase.
He said: “If 8% is the average then it’s an issue we have to look at, to see what the spread is across Kirklees.
“It’s something which will have to be justified publicly.”
Clr Bolt took over yesterday as chairman of the Kirklees Passenger Consultative Committee, which monitors bus and train companies in the district.
The Mirfield Conservative promised greater scrutiny of public transport bosses.
He said: “The committee has been more or less a nodding donkey; things have gone through without being challenged.
“I’ll be taking a more pro-active role and holding operators to account.’’
Meanwhile, time is running out for passengers to save money by buying a First Fuel Buster ticket.
People have until a week today to buy a £300 ticket which entitles them to six months unlimited travel around West Yorkshire.
A First spokesman said: “Hundreds of customers have been in touch to ask about the multi-use ticket, which sets the cost of their travel at a competitive, pre-fare increase price.
“Fuel Buster is a certainty in the current ever-increasing prices. Once you have the ticket you don’t have to think about travel costs for six months.”
For details go to any Metro travel shop. Alternatively, visit www.first group.com/etickets
The company has also introduced a new £5 family day ticket. It covers up to two adults and three children.