BUS fares are to rise by an average of four per cent.
Stagecoach, the area’s main operator, claimed growing costs and a hike of a third in government fuel taxes on buses had forced it into making the increase.
But it said the rise was reasonable in that it was equal to almost half the jump in its operating and less than one-third annual domestic motoring costs last year.
Charlie Mullen, Stagecoach East Scotland managing director, said: “These damaging government tax hikes, combined with rising costs, are having a direct impact on bus fares and services across Scotland.
“We share the frustration of our passengers, many of whom are on some of the lowest incomes.
“Along with businesses, they are already being squeezed by higher bills and energy prices.
“We have had to take some very tough decisions, but we have worked hard to keep fares down for those who rely on the bus the most.“