WITH four out of five bus services across the county unsubsidised, most fares are set by the operators. Only on the Huntingdon-Cambridge route are there genuinely competing services, though standard fares will be agreed between the three operators - Huntingdon & District, Whippet and Stagecoach - when the guided bus route opens early in 2009. Elsewhere, operators have a virtual monopoly, because it would be commercial madness to compete for so few passengers on rural routes. However, this leaves some fares relatively high - especially for people who earn the £5.35 minimum wage. In Cambridge, Stagecoach managing director Andy Campbell has promised to cut fares if more people use his buses, according to Glenn Edge, Cambridgeshire County Council's head of passenger transport.