East Lancashire rail passengers hit with fare hike

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Fare hikes have come into force Fare hikes have come into force

SOME rail passengers in East Lancashire were hit with a higher than the national fare hike sparking calls for new trains to justify the price increase.

The costs of an adult Anytime Day Return from Colne, Burnley Central or Manchester Road to Preston has risen by 2.86 per cent from £10.50 to £10.80.

An adult Anytime Day Return from Clitheroe to Manchester has risen by 3.15 per cent from £12.70 to £13.10 and from Blackburn to Manchester by 3.39 per cent from £11.80 to £12.20.

This compares to inflation at 3.1 per cent.

Season tickets increased on average slightly less, with a weekly ticket from Colne, Nelson or Burnley to Preston going up £1 from £42 to £43.

The rises, which took effect yesterday, saw a Rosegrove to Blackburn ticket rise by 20 pence leaving a return ticket at £5.60.

Rail campaigner and Pendle Peer Tony Greaves said: “This fare increase would be alright if Northern Rail would invest in new rolling stock.

“They are talking about new services from Clitheroe through Blackburn to Manchester and from Burnley to Manchester, but we need new trains.

“When work on the Holme Tunnel in Cliviger is complete to reopen the Todmorden Curve in May, they say they have not trains till the end of the year. That is a scandal.

“We shouldn’t have to wait for 15th-hand rolling stock from elsewhere in the country.”

A Northern Rail spokesman said: “Our fares have risen by an average of 2.8 per cent, 10p to 20p per single journey and will go towards meeting the costs of providing our services and funding further improvements for our customers.

“Money raised through fares goes on to invest in stations, trains and services.”

Blackburn to Preston season tickets will now cost £24.40 for seven days, £93.70 for a month and £976 for a year.

A Clitheroe to Manchester weekly ticket rises to £46.20 from £44.80 and a Blackburn to Manchester seven-day pass to £43.70 from £42.40.

The new cost of a Burnley to Blackburn yearly ticket is £1,008 and a Blackburn to Manchester 12 month season £1,748.00.

A Reading to London yearly season ticket now costs more than £5,000 a year.

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10:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

willie eckerslike says...

Is SELRAP still going ?? you never hear of them now ???, if it is then why don't they put campaign signs on vivary way in COLNE , where the line crosses the road, and at EARBY where the level crossing used to be, then folk will know they are still in business ???.
Is SELRAP still going ?? you never hear of them now ???, if it is then why don't they put campaign signs on vivary way in COLNE , where the line crosses the road, and at EARBY where the level crossing used to be, then folk will know they are still in business ???. willie eckerslike

10:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Good call says...

Simple, stop paying the fares.
Simple, stop paying the fares. Good call

8:58am Sat 4 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

If the conductors on some trains (for example any busy train between Blackburn and Manchester) could be bothered coming round to collect fares, they wouldn't need to put the prices up.
If the conductors on some trains (for example any busy train between Blackburn and Manchester) could be bothered coming round to collect fares, they wouldn't need to put the prices up. happycyclist

10:29am Sat 4 Jan 14

Jerzei Balowski says...

happycyclist wrote:
If the conductors on some trains (for example any busy train between Blackburn and Manchester) could be bothered coming round to collect fares, they wouldn't need to put the prices up.
It's unreal isn't it. I reckon you've less than 50% chance of having to pay. The unfortunate result is that this will mean the stats will point to low usage of the service, hence the woeful amount of investment compared to other areas.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: If the conductors on some trains (for example any busy train between Blackburn and Manchester) could be bothered coming round to collect fares, they wouldn't need to put the prices up.[/p][/quote]It's unreal isn't it. I reckon you've less than 50% chance of having to pay. The unfortunate result is that this will mean the stats will point to low usage of the service, hence the woeful amount of investment compared to other areas. Jerzei Balowski

11:03am Sat 4 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Northern Rail are pathetic! once a month I go to rotherham and whenever I get the twenty six minutes past three train to come back its ALWAYS delayed and when you try and complain via email it takes a ridiculous TWENTY days to respond! they don't seem to care about the rail user at all. Saying sorry and not backing it up with a detailed explanation isnt good enough at all. WHO the hell do Northern think they are? Fare rises are not worth delays and poor service.
Northern Rail are pathetic! once a month I go to rotherham and whenever I get the twenty six minutes past three train to come back its ALWAYS delayed and when you try and complain via email it takes a ridiculous TWENTY days to respond! they don't seem to care about the rail user at all. Saying sorry and not backing it up with a detailed explanation isnt good enough at all. WHO the hell do Northern think they are? Fare rises are not worth delays and poor service. AnthonyUK

4:10pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Noiticer says...

And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison?
Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services.
And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison? Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services. Noiticer

2:26am Sun 5 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Noiticer wrote:
And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison?
Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services.
Very true indeed!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison? Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services.[/p][/quote]Very true indeed! AnthonyUK

2:26am Sun 5 Jan 14

AnthonyUK says...

Noiticer wrote:
And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison?
Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services.
Very true indeed!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: And by how much have bus fares risen in the past twelve months by comparison? Whilst money raised may got to fund rail services it also goes into the pockets of sharehoders in Serco/Ned the private holding company which owns Northern. Much better to have a mutual, not for profit company running our train services so that the passengers and staff have some control and ALL the money raised is ploughed back into services.[/p][/quote]Very true indeed! AnthonyUK

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