YP Letters: Rail fare rises must be matched by investment

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, during a recent visit to Yorkshire.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, during a recent visit to Yorkshire.

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From: Adrian F Sunman, Lunn Lane, South Collingham, Newark.

IF rail fares are to continue increasing in line with the highest measure of inflation, they need to be matched by a corresponding investment in both railway infrastructure and rolling stock.

The other day, I spent a most enjoyable day in York, culminating in a glorious Evensong at the Minster.

I then returned to York Station to catch the 18.31 train back to Newark, for which I had purchased an advance ticket accompanied by a seat reservation.

When the train finally 
arrived it was 50 minutes late due, we were told, to problems with overhead wires at Morpeth.

As a result of problems with another train, it was packed to the rafters and all seat reservations had been 
cancelled.

In fact the only “seat” I could find was a ledge in the vestibule of one of the coaches, directly opposite an out of order 
lavatory.

I was one of the lucky ones, though. Many weren’t so fortunate and either had to stand or sit on the floor, presumably having paid – in good faith – for a seat.

I can’t say it was the worst rail journey I’ve endured but it was a pretty close runner up!

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