Commuters’ rail fares will rise again

Charity worker Stephen Shaw is angry after he got a parking fine at South Elmall train station.

Charity worker Stephen Shaw is angry after he got a parking fine at South Elmall train station.

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Commuters across the district face a rail fare increase of 4.1 per cent next year.

Fares controlled by the government, which includes season tickets, will rise by inflation, as measured by the retail price index (RPI), plus one per cent in January. RPI was at 3.1 per cent in July, which is the month used to calculate rail fares.

The increase means a yearly ticket from South Elmsall to Wakefield Westgate will cost around £880, up by around £40 from this year’s £840 ticket.

Unions and campaigners staged a series of protests at stations across the county to highlight the increase.

Since 2007, West Yorkshire’s fare rise has been larger than other areas because of an extra three per cent to fund extra carraigeways on trains across the county.

The Campaign for Better Transport has published research showing that rail fares are increasing nearly twice as fast as incomes.