THURROCK Independents have written to FirstBus about the dramatic increase in their fares for certain residents in Thurrock.
Cllr Jack Duffin wrote to FirstBus: “I am writing to you as the ward Councillor for Stanford East and Corringham Town regarding your decision to raise the price of student bus passes within my ward.
“This increase from £45 to £60 represents a 33% increase. This increase will place significant financial pressure on many residents within my ward, particularly those on a low income. I understand that the increase has been applied as a result of the area being redesignated from the Thurrock to the Basildon zone.
“Firstly, I would be grateful if FirstBus could provide me with the exact rationale behind this decision. Secondly, I ask that you look at this decision again as a matter of urgency and consider reversing it immediately.
“It is no exaggeration to state that this increase will result in genuine financial hardship for many families in my ward. I would ask that FirstBus consider this reality very carefully when reconsidering the decision to impose this increase.”
Thurrock Independent Homesteads Candidate, Gary Byrne said: “I have been contacted by many residents through my work at the Homesteads Hall who are deeply concerned about the financial impact of these increases. With the cost of living in Thurrock dramatically rising, this is the last Christmas present they wanted to receive. FirstBus need to seriously consider the impact of their decision before pushing ahead with this outrageous price hike.”