Commuters using an Oxford bus scheme can look forward to an improved app ticket range, but will also see price rises.

Oxford SmartZone is a scheme involving Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach, Thames Travel and Arriva offering multi-operator ticketing on bus routes operating mainly in the Oxford city area.

13-week tickets will be accessible via the Oxford Bus and Stagecoach apps from March 17.

As of the same date, season ticket prices will be increased, marking the first rise since April 2023.

The increases will be greater for smartcards than smartphone apps, due to increased costs in operating the smartcard scheme.

Customers are promised improved real-time tracking of buses and advanced journey planning tools.

The national £2 fare cap will continue to exist until further notification, and customers can visit the bus operators' websites for additional details.

The Oxford SmartZone operators said: "We remain committed to offering great value, convenient ticketing solutions for our passengers and so are pleased to be able to further expand the range of products available on our apps.

"We continue to work hard on delivering a great service at an affordable price for our customers, doing all we can to maintain services as the bus network continues to see challenging levels of traffic congestion.

"Whilst we’ve had to make the difficult decision to increase prices, we’re confident they continue to represent fantastic value for money."