Local fury over rail fare rises

Councillor David Hardy.
Councillor David Hardy.

Responses have been flooding in following an announcement made this week that train fares will be rising by more than four per cent.

Calderdale commuters are amongst those that will be affected when the 4.1 per cent increase is introduced in January - that’s above the rate of inflation.

Calderdale public representative for the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, coun David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said: “I’m not totally in agreement with the rise. I think commuters have enough of a burden already. I think peoples pockets are being hit hard enough.”

Speaking outside Halifax Railway Station, commuter Hannah Kitson – who uses the trains on a daily basis – said: “I think it’s ridiculous, it seems to me they’re pocketing the profits and not spending it on the railway. I think if they’re not careful they’re going to put a lot of people out of work.”