RAIL FARES will be frozen for four years if the public vote for a Conservative government, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister’s promise, which would cap the cost of annual season tickets for the whole of the next parliament, has coincided with a pledge that Yorkshire’s cities would still have control over local transport, social care and housing budgets without so-called ‘metro’ mayors.
In a move to bolster support in Yorkshire, which holds a number of key marginal seats, he said the likes of Leeds and Sheffield would not lose out in devolution deals if they did not opt for elected leaders. And today’s announcement on rail fares has been hailed by the Tories as likely to save thousands of its commuters an average of £400 over four years.
Speaking to the YEP during a visit to Holmfirth in West Yorkshire, his first visit to the region since the official start of the election campaign last Monday, the leader rebuffed a recent warning from Lord Heseltine warned that Leeds will remain in the second tier when it comes to devolution unless it copies Manchester’s metro mayor model.
Mr Cameron said: “If areas want to come together and have a mayor then they should do so if it is right for them, but if they choose not to there will still be that availability of money and powers.
“If you take Leeds’s city deal, it is twice the size of the London city deal and represents a record level of investment. It already involves more money and more power.”