The announcement that rail fares will rise again in January 2016 means that passengers in Bradford have been hit by a cost increase of 30 per cent since 2010.
The new fare rises will come into effect on January 2nd 2016. Figures released today show that the cost of an annual season ticket from, for example, Bradford Interchange to Wakefield Kirkgate has risen by £234 or 30% since 2010.
Earlier this year, David Cameron said that higher rail fares were necessary to fund improvement projects, which were promised in the Conservative manifesto. Key rail investment projects such as the electrification of the Trans Pennine route were then put on hold just weeks after the general election. We’re still waiting for news on if and when this will be restarted.
Rail Minister, Claire Perry, was criticised last year after she said that passengers should ‘start to realise that they are paying fair fares for comfortable commuting.’
Overall passenger satisfaction has declined since 2010 and in some areas commuters have faced ‘stealth fare rises’ of up to 162 per cent.
Commenting, Judith Cummins MP said: “Passengers in Bradford are paying more and more each year to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains. The cost of rail fares has risen much faster than wages and promised investment projects, such as the electrification of the Trans Pennine route, are not being delivered.
“The Conservatives are failing to put passengers first. The latest announcement on fare rises means that the cost of season tickets in Bradford will have risen by 30% under their watch, putting real pressure on household budgets.
“Out of touch Ministers may say that this is a fair deal for passengers but this is a world away from the services people in Bradford have to put up with.
“Instead of talking about ‘fair fares for comfortable commuting,’ Ministers should instead reform the railways, deliver better value for money, give passengers a real voice and deliver the promised rail electrification which Bradford passengers deserve.”