Nichola Mallon announces freezing of public transport fares due to cost of living crisis
Nichola Mallon has frozen fares on the public transport network due to the current cost of living crisis facing individuals and families across Northern Ireland.
Infrastructure Minister says she recognizes impact of inflation on citizens’ cost of living as consumer prices rose an average of 5.5% in the 12 months to January 2022 , warning that further increases are likely.
The move will go some way to mitigating further price hikes hitting those struggling, Minister Mallon said.
She added: “As Minister for Infrastructure, I have taken the decision to freeze fares on our public transport network at this time to ensure that our citizens who rely on public transport will not face pressure on their travel costs, especially when citizens and families face the challenges of the cost of living crisis, with rising food, fuel and energy prices.
“I hope this decision will help alleviate the issues that many are facing during this difficult time. As leaders, we absolutely must do everything in our power to help our communities and especially through the current crisis of the cost of living Public transport will not add pressure to these spiraling costs for people under my supervision.
“Having said that, I also hope that this measure will also encourage more people to use public transport as we make Northern Ireland a sustainable place to live, work and socialise.”