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Merseyrail puts its fares up

But we're still the cheapest, insists train operator

Written by . Published on December 20th 2012.


Merseyrail puts its fares up

MERSEYRAIL, the busiest underground rail network outside London, is increasing its fares from January 2.

But the company say their fares will remain the lowest in the country. In a statement posted on its website, Merseyrail says some train fares will rise in the new year.

The average increase among all daily tickets will be 5p, off-peak fares will go up by around 10p and peak fares in the region of 20p.

Merseyrail’s overall average price increase is around 1.5 per cent less than the figure for the average national price hike, which stands at 3.9 per cent.

Bargain

“Our fares will remain the lowest nationally,” trumpets the train operator.

The fare changes will take effect on January 2, 2013, with the fare rises complying with the increase in Retail Price Index plus 0 per cent, as stipulated in the concession agreement Merseyrail has with the local transport authority, Merseytravel.

To be fare (sorry) to Merseyrail, commuters across the area might groan at the prospect of having to pay a few bob a week extra for their daily commute. But the fares, and the increase here are a bargain compared to some parts of the UK where commuters have to dig deep.

Depending on who you speak to, Merseyrail is one of the most efficient rail networks in the UK. It is operated by Abellio (formerly NedRailways) in a 50-50 joint venture with another rail giant, Serco.

Rocketing train fares around the UK have seen demonstrations at some stations, mainly in the London area. Travel out of the low-cost Merseytravel zone and you could be paying higher fares, with the cost of a Liverpool to Manchester season ticket increasing by well over £100, according to one campaign group.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 20th 2012.

Can't somebody control the bus fares. A couple of quid to go one or two stops is outrageous. Mayor Joe should being back the Corpy buses, he'd make a fortune.

MPTEDecember 20th 2012.

This is very true, anonymous. Joe Anderson and his gang are always banging on about cutting congestion to the city's roads with ridiculous bike schemes and the like.

The slightly cheaper parking only encourages cars into the city centre where they sit gridlocked in the unworkable one-way system alongside hundreds of empty buses that are overpriced and go nowhere.

Mayor Joe should bring back the corpy buses. The fares charged by Arriva, £2 to go one stop, are scandalous.

GaryDecember 20th 2012.

I would get the bus if it was cheaper. If there is more than one of you, it always makes sense to call Delta

Urbane CyclistDecember 20th 2012.

Old Joe fails to realise that speed bumps, chicanes that narrow streets, labyrinthine one-way systems and blocked-off, pedestrianised streets intended to make life difficult for the motorist hit law-abiding cyclists far harder.

Particularly those lethal bits of unmarked pavements that jut out into the road for no reason that are invisible at night and in rain.

Perhaps he ought to get on a bike and try to cycle around Liverpool city centre

mickeydrippin'December 21st 2012.

National surveys into rail services have shown that Merseyrail is indeed one of the most efficient networks in the country, so we shouldn't really complain about them. With regard to bus services, my gripe is that on most routes to/from the city centre, buses are "advertised" to run every, say, few minutes but the usual practice is they turn up at my stop, three or four at a time, every 10 minutes or more. In the days of the "Corpy" buses, inspectors and other officials would be out at various points regularly checking timings and ensuring that buses keep to the timetable. Surely therefore, Arriva could do something similar instead of seemingly letting drivers totally ignore the timetable.

Oxton OswaldDecember 21st 2012.

Can't complain about the trains, they are far cheaper and more reliable than the stinking buses. However the cheapest way to cross the river is by driving, even with only one person in the car, despite what all the whingeing tunnel toll protestors say.

And it is free for motorcycles.

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Oxton OswaldJanuary 3rd 2013.

Aha! Look what someone has done!

http://icycleliverpool.blogspot.co.uk/

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