Yorkshire train travellers have been handed a three per cent fare rise on season tickets in 2014.
New fares across the regions were announced last night, and the annual price of a Leeds-Wakefield season ticket is to go up from £964 to £992.
Train companies in England have licence to put up regulated fares, which include season tickets, by as much as two per cent above the agreed price increase figure which, for 2014, is 3.1 per cent. Unregulated fares – typically off-peak leisure tickets – are not capped so train companies can put them up as much as they like
First Trans Pennine Express (FTPE), which runs services in the North, admitted any increase would be a bitter pill to swallow, but insisted it was being offset with the freezing of some fares. The firm will be freezing all its advance fares at 2013 prices. That means fares between Manchester and Leeds will start from £6 one way, and between Liverpool and Leeds at £8 one way.
Season tickets and ‘walk up’ fares will rise by an average of three per cent which is marginally below the 3.1 per cent cap. FTPE’s overall average price increase across all available tickets is 2.4 per cent.
Nick Donovan, FTPE Managing Director, said; “We recognise that any fare increase is not ideal for passengers but it is important to continually invest in the railway. Importantly for customers, many of the fares that FTPE control will be frozen and held at 2013 prices.
“We would always encourage customers to plan their journey and book in advance to receive the best possible deal.”
Other season tickets which will be going up by more than the average 3.1 per cent are Manchester to Liverpool (up 3.14 per cent to £2,888) and Cambridge to Peterborough (up 4.07 per cent to £3,168).
Meanwhile Southern train company said that its average commuter fare rise would be 2.87 per cent, while Gatwick Express fares, which have a buy-at-station price of £19.90 one way, will stay the same in 2014.