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Off-peak rail ticket rise just not fare

Date published: 05 September 2014

OLDHAM East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams is demanding a full explanation of the abolition of local off-peak rail fares.

The plan comes into operation from Monday afternoon, part of the extension of Northern Rail’s franchise until February 2016, under which Government subsidy is reduced and fares will consequently rise.

From Monday combined off-peak train and tram tickets will no longer be valid on local trains on weekdays, but will remain valid on Metrolink trams.

Now Labour MP Debbie Abrahams has written to Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport.

She said: “Given the current cost-of-living crisis, with price increases outstripping wages by a considerable margin, this decision is simply unfair and penalises my constituents by using them as a revenue raiser.”

She added: “One of the conditions of the extension of the franchise set out by the Department of Transport is that Northern Rail must raise revenue. We’ve seen a pitifully low level of investment in the rail system and I share constituents’ concerns that this extra revenue will end up in the pockets of shareholders, rather than being ploughed into improvements in local rail services.”


I'd bet my bottom dollar if Labour win the next election (a BIG if with Milliband in charge), she will suddenly shut up and everything she has demanded over the past couple of years will mysteriously filter away.
Conversely, we never hear anything from Meacher.... unless it is some whacky socialist idea he has dreamt up.

In an article in another newspaper it states that Off peak tickets will no longer be valid during peak hours. No mention of that in this article. Unusually, a Labout MP is scaremongering.

And Northern haven't commented. Wonder why?

ooops! I think debbies hit the nail on the head.

"We’ve seen a pitifully low level of investment in the rail system"

we certainly have! so its quite refreshing to see the current government actually doing something about it.

like electrification of the northern rail hub, which will mean newer electric trains and the refurbishment of Victoria station.

the numbers of commuters that use off peak during the week are small anyway.

they can still catch the bus for as little as £2.50 per day!

off peck tickets will be available but one can't travel between 1601hrs and 1829hrs,if one needs to travel between those times one needs to buy a anytime ticket

Labour weren't too bothered when the brough Metrolink to Oldham (at great expense), with its higher fares. Now limiting the use of off peak tickets for part of the evening rush hour is suddenly the end of the world. Debbie you should learn at bit more about local transport &, the rail industry in general, before trying to make cheap political points. Its a shame Oldham has a 2nd rate tram instead of being part of the new northern hub.

I love it when the comments section sums up my thoughts entirely. Once again a case of Labour not practicing locally, what they preach nationally.

If you read Norther Rail's reasons [excuses]for doing this, they say that it's because the Government has reduced subsidies to the railways. If the Government are going to reduce sibsidies then why don't they do it to their own subsidised meals and drinks at the bar in the House of Commons then politicians will realise how much things cost.


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