RAIL passengers travelling into Leeds face fare rises of up to 64 per cent today.
New rules mean that passengers on a number of routes in and out of the city will no longer be able to use off peak tickets if they want to travel in the evening rush hour.
The new ‘evening peak’ charges means someone wanting a return ticket from Todmorden to Leeds involving evening rush hour travel will have to pay £10.80 rather than £6.60, a rise of 64 per cent.
According to figures released by Labour, a similar ticket from Bradford to Leeds will now cost £6.50, up from £4.70, while a return to Wakefield will cost £8.20, up from £5.90.
Evening peak fares are being introduced as part of a deal between the Government and Northern Rail to extend its franchise to run local train services until 2016.
Northern Rail was asked to come up with ideas to reduce the amount of money the Government has to spend subsidising services.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh, the Shadow Transport Secretary, said: “People shouldn’t have to choose between paying more or waiting hours on a platform and missing tea with their family.”
Richard Allan, Northern Rail’s commercial director, said it had publicised the changes widely. “The majority of customers who travel at peak times will be unaffected by these changes but we want to make sure that those who are know about what is happening and what options are available to them,” he said.