22 Jul '14, 2pm

New blog - Why Government plans to hike some rail fares in north of England make no sense @RightTra…

In its consultation on the future of Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express , the Department for Transport (DfT) suggests some fares are too low and need to be raised, with the increase in revenue being used to pay for newer trains. But DfT’s case does not stack up for two reasons. First, there is little disputing the fact that some fares in Greater Manchester and Leeds are lower than the national average. But does that justify singling them out in the way the DfT has done? A quick look at ticket prices across the country reveals a system stacked high with anomalies. For instance, a ticket from Swindon to Bristol will cost you £17.60, whereas traveling from Manchester to Leeds - a journey of similar distance but longer duration - will cost you £27.60. Or compare the £10.50 you pay to travel the 30 miles from Worcester to Birmingham with the £26.90 you pay to trundle 32 mi...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/blog/better-transport/s...

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