Gross unfairness of new rail fares

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I TRAVELLED into Manchester on the train with my husband one evening last week to see a show, which I regularly do.

The difference on Thursday was the cost of the ticket. Instead of the usual £4.20, the fare was £9.10 each. Yes, £9.10. That means we had to stump up £18.20 to get into the city centre. We are regularly being told to leave our cars at home and travel by public transport, but even with the high cost of parking, it will be much cheaper for us to drive to Manchester in future rather than catch a train.

I’m not sure what the intention of the rail bosses is, but if it is to raise more funds, this move will surely backfire. Fewer people will take the train at such exorbitant prices and there will certainly be more people trying to avoid paying at all.

How can it be that a public transport service can put up the prices by 117 per cent? How can that be legal?

And in another example of how not to do things, Northern Rail left the explaining of the new fares to the poor beleaguered staff. It’s not their fault the cost of tickets have soared but they are the ones left to face the abuse of angry passengers. Why not have a few bosses out and about on the stations in and around the area and have a go at explaining their extraordinary and grossly unfair decisions?

There’s no chance of that happening though is there?

B Martindale