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Rail fare hikes bring New Year misery for Selby commuters

Selebians returning to work after the Christmas break are set to pay more for the privilege of getting to work by train.

Rail fare hikes bring New Year misery for Selby commuters
David Ward (Creative Commons)
Published 5 years ago | Updated 5 years ago
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The news comes as national rail operators announced their annual changes to the way in which ticket fare prices are worked out.

On average ticket prices across the country will rise by around 2.2%. Regulated fares, such as those paid by commuters who purchase season tickets to get to work, are to rise by around 2.5%.

The rise will come as a blow to many workers in the Selby area where there is a disproportionate number of residents who have to venture out of town to find work.

Season tickets between Selby and York will rise 2.41% from January from £1,296 to £1,328. Meanwhile those who commute to Leeds will find the cost of their ticket will rise 2.18% from £1,436 to £1,468 per year.

Government ministers and network operators argue that the rise is necessary to pay for the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorians.

Michael Roberts, director general of the Rail Delivery Group, representing rail operators, said, “Over the next five years, Network Rail is spending on average £27m a day on a better railway, alongside commitments made by train companies to improve services. That will mean more seats, better stations and improved journeys.”

The industry is also quick to point out that this year's increase is the smallest hike in five years. But this is not likely to hold much truck with Selby residents who are still travelling to work on ancient rolling stock with little prospect of getting a seat at peak times.

Andrew Eyre, who commutes regularly between Selby and Leeds told Selby Online, "I think the fare increases are extortionate. I'm a public sector worker who has effectively had his pay cut for at least the last four years. It really is a double whammy for me.

"The trains have become more and more crowded so it is important the the profits from overcrowding, not to mention the falling cost of fuel, are put back into the customer's pockets.

"I just hope that when the 1970's rattlers are finally replaced we won't end up with even bigger increases from 2016!"

From
SELBY *
To
YORK *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£124.50
Monthly 2015
£127.50
+2.35%
Annual 2014
£1296.00
Annual 2015
£1328.00
+2.41%
From
SELBY *
To
LEEDS *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£137.90
Monthly 2015
£141.00
+2.2%
Annual 2014
£1436.00
Annual 2015
£1468.00
+2.18%
From
SELBY *
To
DONCASTER *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£151.30
Monthly 2015
£154.80
+2.26%
Annual 2014
£1576.00
Annual 2015
£1612.00
+2.23%
From
SELBY *
To
HULL *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£228.10
Monthly 2015
£233.50
+2.31%
Annual 2014
£2376.00
Annual 2015
£2432.00
+2.0%
From
SELBY *
To
MANCH'R *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£385.20
Monthly 2015
£394.80
+2.43%
Annual 2014
£4012.00
Annual 2015
£4112.00
+2.43%
From
SELBY *
To
LONDON KX *
Class
STD
Type
SEASON TICKET
Monthly 2014
£1335.20
Monthly 2015
£1368.20
+2.41%
Annual 2014
£13,908
Annual 2015
£14,252
+2.41%

 * Source: National Rail Enquiries

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First published at 11:39 on Friday, December 5th, 2014.
Last updated at 12:27 on Monday, December 8th, 2014.