Metro chairman responds to rail fare rise

25/7/13 A train makes it's way past Hebden Bridge signal box  on it's way into Hebden Bridge station.
25/7/13 A train makes it's way past Hebden Bridge signal box on it's way into Hebden Bridge station.

West Yorkshire’s Metro chairman has been responding to today’s news that rail passengers - including those in Calderdale - will be facing a 4.1 per cent fare rise in January.

RPI inflation rose by 3.1 per cent in the year to July, down from 3.3 per cent last month, but regulated fares are set to rise by an extra one per cent when the new prices are announced.

Unions and campaigners staged a series of protests at stations across the country to highlight the increase, which will be well above average rises in earnings.

Responding to today’s news, metro chairman coun James Lewis said: “Although passengers will not be facing the additional three per cent fare rise that funded the introduction of six additional trains to the network because the six-year deal has come to an end, they are still facing a significant, above-inflation price hike but not seeing any real improvements in services.

“With record numbers of people now using West Yorkshire’s rail network and paying more to do so, we now need to see how the Government is going to seize the baton and continue Metro and its partners’ work to grow capacity and improve quality through investment in new trains and better infrastructure.”

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