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Did your train journey double in price today?


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Northern Rail have just introduced new peak time prices in an evening, leading to huge price rises for some travellers. The most extreme example I’ve heard is a Wigan to Manchester Piccadilly return ticket jumping from £4.20 to £9.10 (that’s up 117 per cent!)

The new peak time runs from 16:01 to 18:29 Monday to Friday and affects all journeys within Greater Manchester, plus routes to Alderly Edge, Burscough bridge, Buxton, New Mills Central and Warrington.

Just weeks ago passengers were worrying about a 4% rise for the coming year, to have this change now will be absolutely devastating to some. I’ve heard from people who are worried about being stranded in town centres around the region waiting for peak time to end so they can afford to go home, and others have told me they simply won’t use the train any more.

The Government are talking about this as some sort of victory in the fight against overcrowding, but forcing people off the trains is simply disgraceful. We want better trains and more carriages, we want fewer people on the roads and more people using public transport.

I will be taking this up with the Government and with Northern Rail. How have you been impacted by the change? What difference will it make to you? Please get in touch and share your story, help me fight back.

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At Bolton Train station - Winter 2013 - Lobbying Northern and Transpennine Express to end overcrowding

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commented 2014-09-29 09:10:27 +0100
Peak-fare-paying passengers were left stranded at Bolton by the 8.09 to Oxford Road this morning, in spite of people ignoring TPE’s attempts to preserve first class (it was shoulder to shoulder in there too). We’d already been told by platform PA that the next train was already full before arriving.

The timetable was changed in May/June preventing people changing on to the 8.35 from the Clitheroe line, so many are needlessly forced into trying to take these packed services. I suspect this was done to stop the 8.35 being held up by the service from Clitheroe – at least the half empty train runs on time more often now, I guess.

Based on the recent surge in numbers, I suspect many of these passengers are students going into debt to get an education but unable to get to the classes they pay for on time. It’s pretty disgraceful, I’d say.

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