Bus travel for children in Exeter and Exmouth will triple at the end of April as transport provider Stagecoach scraps ‘add on’ tickets.
These tickets can purchased alongside adult fares at a reduced charge.
From 29 April families will no longer be able to purchase the £1 ‘add on’ ticket, and children will need to use £3 Dayrider tickets or single fares instead.
There will be a number of changes to bus prices in Exeter and Exmouth, with adult Dayrider tickets rising from £3.90 to £4.
Before 29 April an adult travelling with a child will pay £4.90 for a day pass, but this will go up to £7 after that date – representing a 43% increase.
Campaigners say this change will have a serious impact upon many families, especially single parents and the least well-off.
People are also upset by the lack of consultation as Stagecoach failed to make Devon County Council aware of the decision before the announcement.
Stagecoach has been approached for further comment. A full list of fare changes can be seen here: