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Rail fare rises for commuters in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Rail fare rises for commuters in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

Published by May Norman at 6:47am 2nd January 2020.

Rail fare increase comes into effect today (Thursday, 2 January)

  • Traveling by train around Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will cost more from today (Thursday, 2 January).
  • The annual rail fare price rise has come into effect.
  • Some passengers are facing an average 2.7 percent jump in cost.

Rail commuters across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will face paying more to travel by train, from today.

The average fare - including season tickets - is increasing by 2.7 percent.

That's despite only about two-thirds of trains arriving on time last year.

Protests are being held by rail workers and campaigners outside stations against the rising ticket prices.

Darren Shirley from the Campaign for Better Transport thinks the rise isn't justified:

"If the railways werre improving, we'd see people happy with their journey's.

"We wouild also see less delays, less cancellations and trains that are not overcrowding but unfortunately we haven't seen that in the last year.

"If you look at what has happened to the rail passengers in the North, they've had an appalling service - same with those in the West Midlands."

Ilkley train station
Ilkley train station

The 2.7 percent increase will result in some commuters being forced to pay an extra £100 for their season ticket.

Sara Nelson from campaign group Transport Focus says reform is needed:

"The government is working on a review of the whole system.

"We would like to see them offering types of ticketing products which reflect the way people live now - such as part time season tickets or carnet tickets for people who don't travel on a regular pattern."

delayed trains board
The increases come despite about two-thirds of trains arriving on time in 2019

However, the Rail Delivery Group, insists the extra cash is already being spent on improvements.

Robert Nisbet is from the industry body:

"Improvements in our rail industry have been made and will remain ongoing.

"More recently, we've seen many positive changes - such as better information provided at stations and improved technology on board - such as wifi and power sockets.

"All these things provide a much needed upgrade of Britain's rail fleet."