Wakefield to Leeds season tickets will cost more than £1,000 as rail fares soar again

Wakefield Westgate Railway station Wakefield
Wakefield Westgate Railway station Wakefield
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Rail fares will increase by 4.1 per cent next year.

Fares controlled by the government, including season tickets, will rise by inflation, as measured by the retail prices index (RPI), plus one per cent in January.

And RPI was at 3.1 per cent in July, which is the month used to calculate rail fares.

It means a season ticket from Wakefield to Leeds will cost more than £1,000, up from £964 this year.

Since 2007, West Yorkshire’s fare rise has been larger than other areas because of an extra three per cent to fund extra carriages.

But Metro chairman Coun James Lewis said that deal had come to an end so there would be no extra charges next year.

He said: “Although passengers will not be facing the additional 3 per cent fare rise, they are still facing a significant, above-inflation price hike but not seeing any real improvements in services.

“With record numbers of people now using West Yorkshire’s rail network and paying more to do so, we now need to see how the Government is going to seize the baton and continue with Metro and its partners’ work to grow capacity and improve quality through investment in new trains and better infrastructure.”

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

But the government’s transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said running the rail network was “a hugely expensive business” and that passengers needed to contribute.