Bus company Arriva has announced that it will implement all bus fares in Kent and Medway from tomorrow Sunday.
All one-way and round-trip fares will increase by a flat rate of 6%. Child fares will increase in the same proportion to remain at 50% of the adult fare.
There will be corresponding increases in weekly and seasonal subscriptions.
An adult day ticket to Medway will now cost £6.10, Maidstone £6, Gravesend £5.90 and Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells £5.80.
Day tickets at Swale will drop to £5.10 and at Dartford to £5.20.
A weekly adult bus pass will now cost £23.50 at Medway, £22.50 at Maidstone, £23 at Gravesend and £20.50 at Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.
A weekly adult bus pass will cost £19 in Swale and £19 in Dartford.
The adult Twilight fare, available on buses after 7pm, will be £1.70.
Arriva said the increase was necessary to counter rising costs. The annual inflation rate is currently estimated at 9%.
Cllr Barry Lewis, the Labor Party’s fictitious transport spokesman at KCC, said: “This is another dire news for the people of Kent.
“As the mega-rich puff their bottles of champagne at Royal Ascot, ordinary people will wonder how they can afford to take the bus to work or school.
“Bus companies are only interested in their profits and never in the effect on their passengers.”
Cllr Lewis, who represents the borough of Margate, said: “The only solution would be the foundation of a Transport For Kent scheme similar to Transport For London which could bring customers and the provision of cheap and reliable services to Kent in the foreground.”