The Magic Bus will become a little less magic in April when the fare rises 50 per cent from the current fare of £1 single to £1.50 single… and Manchester’s students aren’t happy about it.
The Stagecoach Magic Bus brand was introduced to the streets of Manchester in the 90s and has become one of the most iconic modes of transport along the Oxford Road corridor. The Magic Bus service offers an affordable mode of transport for passengers who travel to and from East and West Didsbury.
The Magic Bus services are typically operated with older vehicles in Stagecoach’s fleet like Dennis Tridents and Dennis Dragons before them. In 2015, more modern Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double-decker buses dating from 2008 were introduced to the Magic Bus services complete with free WiFi.
The Magic Bus routes comprise of the 141 between West Didsbury and Birley Campus, 142 between East Didsbury and Piccadilly Gardens and the 143 between West Didsbury and Piccadilly Gardens.
The popular bus service, famously priced at £1 for a single journey, will cost £1.50 from 2nd April 2017. Stagecoach also raised their normal bus fares last year but chose to leave the Magic Bus fare at £1. Going back to 2012, it cost just 70p a journey to ride the Magic services.
Can't believe the Magic Bus is gonna be £1.50!! Bloody tories.
— Fay Brady (@faybrady) March 24, 2017
Maaate Magic Bus fares are going up.to £1.50 ? The whole reason the Magic Bus was good was that it was a quid !
— Rebecca (@Rebecca_Egan96) March 24, 2017
Magic bus going up from a quid to £1.50??? Brexit is that u????
— Sam (@S0Don) March 24, 2017
Other Stagecoach fares will be affected from April. Single adult fares under £2 will be raised by 10p with single fares over £2 increasing by 20p. The Stagecoach Manchester Dayrider ticket will cost £4.30, instead of the current fare of £4.00. The Magic Dayrider will rise to £3.60.
Stagecoach is also introducing a 50p surcharge for buying a StagecoachSmart card in April too, so don’t forget to reuse your smart card!2 comments