Rail passengers into Leeds face a New Year hike in the cost of their journey after train companies announced new ticket prices
Across all rail tickets, prices will rise on average by 2.2 per cent in the New Year but that disguises significant differences faced by train passengers depending on the route they use.
Travellers heading into the city centre from Headingley will see the cost of an annual season ticket rise 2.4 per cent to £520 while commuters from York will have to pay 2.4 per cent more taking their season ticket price to £2,072.
But those travelling in from Garforth will see a smaller rise, 1.6 per cent, making a season ticket £768 while those coming into the city from Wakefield and Huddersfield will pay less than one per cent more when the new fares come into force in January.
Michael Roberts, director-general of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train companies and Network Rail which maintains the track, said: “Money from fares goes towards running and maintaining the railway. This benefits not just passengers and businesses but communities across the country, by improving journeys, creating employment and helping to boost the economy.”
But the increases were criticised by trade unions and transport campaigners.
Martin Abrams, public transport campaigner for the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “During this Parliament, many fares have risen three times faster than wages, affecting all those who rely on trains and putting enormous strain on household budgets.”
Passengers on some routes into Leeds have already had an unscheduled increase in the cost of their journeys this year after new evening peak fares were introduced.
The change was part of a deal between Northern Rail and the Government to extend the company’s franchise on local services until 2016 and will save taxpayers £16 million a year.