Calls to end West Yorkshire train fare anomaly

Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train

Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train

First published in News

A chance to end a rail fare anomaly which has led to traffic chaos around Steeton and Silsden station must be grasped, it is claimed.

Many Craven commuters drive into West Yorkshire to catch a train, taking advantage of cheaper fares.

John Grogan, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Keighley, said a new Northern Rail franchise for running services on the Airedale line from 2016 would signal an opportunity for change.

“For the first time, the franchise will be awarded not just by the Department of Transport but in partnership with Rail North, which brings together 33 northern councils,” he said.

“This should mean there is a much greater chance for local campaigners to influence the details of the franchise and could provide an answer to the long-standing fares problem.”

He said an annual season ticket from Skipton to Leeds currently costs £1,792, compared to £1,228 for Steeton and Silsden to Leeds, adding: “No wonder hard-pressed commuters drive to Steeton and Silsden. The Passenger Transport Authority has announced a plan to double the size of the car park at Steeton and Silsden, but the danger is that improved parking alone will just encourage more commuters from North Yorkshire.”

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jonathancrewdson says...

If North Yorkshire County Council provided the same level of subsidies to public transport as West Yorkshire Metro does this problem wouldn't exist. The Airedale Line and the smaller stations that were reopened in the 1980's only operate thanks to the political will of West Yorkshire councils which means regular services to and from Leeds and Bradford.

It would also be better if Craven was fully part of the Metrocard scheme, not just an expensive train-only version for Cononley and Skipton as 'Zone 7' that doesn't include buses. The Metro scheme should be applied all the way up the lines to Bentham and Ribblehead and buses should be covered as well. Instead Craven has very expensive and infrequent bus and train services beyond Skipton.

The day North Yorkshire Council takes public transport seriously and invests some proper money in it is the day these problems begin to be resolved. Bad public transport not only impacts on the economy by disconnecting people and places to work and shop but also contributes to social isolation, especially for people without cars.
If North Yorkshire County Council provided the same level of subsidies to public transport as West Yorkshire Metro does this problem wouldn't exist. The Airedale Line and the smaller stations that were reopened in the 1980's only operate thanks to the political will of West Yorkshire councils which means regular services to and from Leeds and Bradford. It would also be better if Craven was fully part of the Metrocard scheme, not just an expensive train-only version for Cononley and Skipton as 'Zone 7' that doesn't include buses. The Metro scheme should be applied all the way up the lines to Bentham and Ribblehead and buses should be covered as well. Instead Craven has very expensive and infrequent bus and train services beyond Skipton. The day North Yorkshire Council takes public transport seriously and invests some proper money in it is the day these problems begin to be resolved. Bad public transport not only impacts on the economy by disconnecting people and places to work and shop but also contributes to social isolation, especially for people without cars. jonathancrewdson
  • Score: 8

5:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Skipton must be one of the few places with no direct transport links to the nearest town in our county. Where else in the country are there towns with joint services, like Skipton and Harrogate, but no way of getting between them. We are constantly told to use public transport instead of cars, but then it gets taken away. (Yes, I know you can go by train via Leeds, but only if you have several hours to spare each way and a very large wallet).
We pay the same per household to NYCC as do people in other towns, but Ripon has 40 buses to Harrogate per day, Wetherby 20 and Knaresborough has 80. Why do we have NONE? Because, as the previous commenter wrote, NYCC has no real interest in public transport.
Skipton must be one of the few places with no direct transport links to the nearest town in our county. Where else in the country are there towns with joint services, like Skipton and Harrogate, but no way of getting between them. We are constantly told to use public transport instead of cars, but then it gets taken away. (Yes, I know you can go by train via Leeds, but only if you have several hours to spare each way and a very large wallet). We pay the same per household to NYCC as do people in other towns, but Ripon has 40 buses to Harrogate per day, Wetherby 20 and Knaresborough has 80. Why do we have NONE? Because, as the previous commenter wrote, NYCC has no real interest in public transport. Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 9

6:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mart56 says...

My weekly ticket to Sheffield costs about £7 extra from Skipton plus £10 a week for parking, so by driving to Steeton I can save £17 per week, although it would cost about £10 for extra petrol. It's still cheaper to drive to Steeton, but that might change if the government gets it's way and parking charges are introduced at Steeton! If the government hadn't stolen 12 months of my pension and 6 years of my wife's pension I could think about giving up work - by the time I've paid tax and national insurance and paid £5000 a year just to get to work there's not much left from my salary!
My weekly ticket to Sheffield costs about £7 extra from Skipton plus £10 a week for parking, so by driving to Steeton I can save £17 per week, although it would cost about £10 for extra petrol. It's still cheaper to drive to Steeton, but that might change if the government gets it's way and parking charges are introduced at Steeton! If the government hadn't stolen 12 months of my pension and 6 years of my wife's pension I could think about giving up work - by the time I've paid tax and national insurance and paid £5000 a year just to get to work there's not much left from my salary! Mart56
  • Score: 2

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree