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Stealth Fares Hit Barnsley's Train Users

Tuesday September 23 2014


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TRAIN users in Barnsley have been hit by stealth fare increases of up to 26 per cent.

Northern Rail is being forced by the government to introduce evening peak ticket restrictions on local rail services as part of their franchise extension.

Since September 8, off-peak tickets are no longer valid on some train services which depart between 4.01pm and 6.29pm on weekdays.

Some passengers who previously used off-peak tickets now face sharp increases in their fares.

For example, a person travelling from Elsecar to Sheffield under the new peak restrictions will have to pay £6.00 - an increase of £1.20 or 25 per cent.

To travel from Wombwell to Meadowhall under the new peak restrictions now costs £5.90, the equivalent of a 26 per cent increase.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said: "People shouldn’t have to choose between paying more or waiting until after dark to travel."

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Reply Posted by Observer on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 11:19
Boycott them they will soon bring prices down.

Reply Posted by to observer on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 11:22
just a typical statement from a retard. people boycotted petrol stations . did that solve anything? NO

Reply Posted by Dan on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 13:21
Most of us can't boycott them seeing as we rely on trains to get to and from work, and that's the issue, they know most people don't have a choice. There will come a time however, when travelling by train matches the cost of travelling by, and running, a car.

Reply Posted by Tom on Friday September 26 2014 at 18:36
Train usage in SY has fallen massively since they removed free travel for OAPS earlier this year.
The trains are practically empty except for the disabled who still have free travel. And fares have just gone up again, and they have been going up above inflation every year for over a decade now.

Reply Posted by liz on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 11:37
I was shocked last week I travel by train to uni once a week as its a part yime course I cant even get a student travel card I finish at 5 so have to either wait and not see the kids or find the additional money. Its ridiculous to think the government have required this change given that they want more people to use public transport and have banned cars fr8m most town centres I feel its rather unfair and targets the workers etc as its them that will pay it people shopping or whatever can simply choose to go at another time. But since I havr no choice I have to be on that train nothing I can do about it so will just have to use the money I have for a drink whilst im there for the train instead. I know its only £1.20 extra but to people like me that is a big difference .

Reply Posted by Mick on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 14:40
I agree train fares are too high, but to be honest i'm surprised that it was the cheaper price in the past at these times. Peak time is exactly what it says it is i.e. when demand is highest, which is when people are coming home from work & college etc.

Reply Posted by kirsty on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 17:08
it says its the extension of the franchise agreement from the government -absolutely silly! northern rail had no intention of adding on this charge but appear to not have had the choice! If this is all to do with 'peak' times, then all day on a Saturday on the meadowhall route should be classed as peak with higher charges. its another way for the government to make money.

Reply Posted by kirsty on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 17:08
it says its the extension of the franchise agreement from the government -absolutely silly! northern rail had no intention of adding on this charge but appear to not have had the choice! If this is all to do with 'peak' times, then all day on a Saturday on the meadowhall route should be classed as peak with higher charges. its another way for the government to make money.

Reply Posted by Tracker on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 13:01
If the rail companies collected the proper fares due to them, instead of not checking half the tickets, they may not need to increase the fares for the workers.

Reply Posted by Helen Bach on Sunday September 28 2014 at 18:09
Pull up the rail tracks and put down asphalt. We could have a new roadway! :)