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19 February, 2009
A report by the Passenger Focus Group on
the high cost of rail fares in the UK reflect Metro's findings that
fare levels are a serious concerns for rail users.
"Compared with other parts of the UK,
passengers making journeys within West Yorkshire pay relatively low
fares thanks to Metro's annual subsidy of over £70m for the
county's train services," said Metro chairman Councillor Chris
"Local fares have risen but a
significant part of those rises have been to fund the £20m
deal which saw 1,700 extra seats on six additional trains
introduced on local commuter services in December 2006.
"But we are very conscious that unless
booked well in advance fares for long-distance rail journeys are
higher than those in Europe, which will discourage people from
taking what is the greener option," he added.
Councillor Greaves said Metro wanted
the issues of long-distance fares and ticketing arrangements
addressed at Government level and that more investment is needed to
support the massive growth in passenger numbers.
He confirmed that Metro would continue
to press the case for more train capacity and further
electrification of routes that would improve services across West
Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region.