National Express West Midlands fare increases

National Express services in the West Midlands will increase by 10p today Photo: PA

From today, National Express West Midlands services will increase by 10p.

Fuel prices and other business costs have been blamed by the company, which runs the majority of the region's buses.

However, it said the rise will allow it to support the introduction of "smartcards" in 2013, which will let passengers pre-pay for their travel and potentially allow it to offer savings.

  • Daysavers will rise by 10p from £3.80 to £3.90 for adults.
  • Daysavers will rise by 10p from £2.60 to £2.70 for children.
  • Travelcards will rise by 50p a week.
  • West Midlands monthly Travelcards will rise from £54 to £55.50 (or from £48 to £49.50 if bought by direct debit).
  • Black Country Travelcards will rise from £13.50 to £14 for weekly passes.
  • Black Country Travelcards will rise from £47.50 to £49 for monthly ones (or from £42 to £43.50 if bought by direct debit).
  • All other fares will stay the same.

We have kept the increase to a minimum, with the average change in line with inflation. The price rise will allow us to continue our significant investment into the region's bus network and meet rising business costs such as fuel.

– Peter Coates, managing director, National Express West Midlands