Transport chief claims pledge on bus fares was 'aspirational'

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THE city's transport leader has claimed a 2007 Lib Dem manifesto pledge to keep Lothian Buses' fares pegged to inflation was "aspirational" rather than a promise.

Bus passengers in the Capital were last month hit with a 10p hike in the price of a single ticket and a near-100 jump in the cost of an annual Ridacard, as the council-owned Lothian Buses seeks to combat falling revenues.

Answering a question from Councillor Ewan Aitken on Thursday, Councillor Phil Wheeler said: "I am sure you would agree that manifestos are mostly aspirational in their nature rather than concrete commitments. As the administration has made clear, legislation dictates the council cannot directly influence Lothian Buses on commercial matters."