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National Express bus fares to increase tomorrow

Bus fares will increase from tomorrow Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Fares on some of National Express' buses in the West Midlands will increase from tomorrow.

An adult single ticket has gone up by ten pence and weekly travel cards have increased by fifty pence. The company says the new fares reflect rising business costs.

Unions: 'Commuters will feel the pinch' of fare increase

With an increase in rail fares from tomorrow, rail unions have warned about the high cost of rail travel in the UK compared with the rest of Europe.

Jason Torrance, policy director of sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, said:

The Chancellor's move to bring an end to the inflation-busting fare rises we've seen over the last decade shows a recognition that rising transport costs are a barrier to economic recovery.

But commuters will still feel the pinch this new year because salaries aren't increasing by anywhere near the level of inflation. If transport remains so prohibitively expensive, we will continue to restrict travel choices and opportunities to access essential services and employment.


Increase in rail fares for commuters from tomorrow

Passengers in the Midlands returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares tomorrow.

A season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by £200 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to put up prices by a maximum of 3.1%.

A season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by £200, and East Midlands Trains have put prices up by an average of 2.6%, an extra thirty six pence on a single journey.

One million visitors in a week for Birmingham's Bullring

The Bullring in Birmingham had its busiest week of the year last week, with more than one million visitors taking advantage of the last few shopping days before Christmas.

The Bullring in Birmingham Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tim Walley, General Manager at Bullring, commented: "It’s been a busy few days at Bullring and we still have two days ahead of us.

"Today with schools and many businesses now closed for the Christmas period we expect in the region of 120,000 customers."

Deputy Prime Minister praises City Deal

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has heaped praise on the new deal that is set to create 5,800 new manufacturing jobs and £130million of private investment for the Black Country.

Mr Clegg said of the deal:

This marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Black Country. This isn’t pointless Whitehall jargon: this deal has the genuine power to change the fortunes of many people across the region by creating new jobs, boosting businesses and providing new housing...

Between government Minister for Cities Greg Clark, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Deal has been made in recognition of the Black Country’s role in the UK economy; where high-value manufacturing represents the largest concentration of jobs of any LEP area.


House prices in Bakewell double the county average

Bakewell town centre where house prices are double the county average Credit: ITV News Central

House prices in Bakewell in Derbyshire are double the county average according to latest figures.It's after a study by Lloyds bank looked at the cost to live in a market town.

Residents in Bakewell are paying the second highest percentage premium in the country, with the average property costing around 322 thousand pounds, which is more than 150 thousand pounds higher than prices in the surrounding area.

Also featuring in the national top ten is Southwell in Nottinghamshire, where homes are more than three quarters more expensive than the average.

Council to decide on £50m shopping redevelopment

Nottingham City Council's Executive Board will today decide whether or not to contribute £50 million towards the redevelopment of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre.

Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham
Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

Last week the council revealed plans for new shops, restaurants, cinemas and improved transport links including a new tram stop.

Two years ago, the council was in the final stages of plans for the transformation of the shopping centre before it was sold to Intu, the owners of the Victoria Centre.

There are plans for a new tram stop and entrance on the NET Viaduct
There are plans for a new tram stop and entrance on the NET Viaduct Credit: ITV News Central

If the city council's contribution gets the go ahead, work could begin in 2015 and be completed by 2017.

The gatehouse entrance to Nottingham Castle
The gatehouse entrance to Nottingham Castle Credit: Lewis Stickley/Press Association Images

The board will also examine plans for a £14 million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund ahead of the proposed regeneration of Nottingham Castle as well as £2.23 million in funding for the redevelopment of Sneinton Market.

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