Saturday, 21 November 2009

Train fares to rise

MOST off peak train fares are to go up by about three per cent at the operator which runs trains from Dorridge to the West Midlands.

Yet London Midland said peak fares would fall by 0.4 per cent, giving a boost for morning commuters to Birmingham. The changes come into effect in January.

It said fares will remain unchanged or reduced for 60 per cent of journeys on its services.

This means that all types of fares will rise by 1.2 per cent, it said.

Off peak tickets are trains which arrive in London after 10am and leave West Midlands stations at 9.30am or later and weekends.

The firm said in a statement: “As part of London Midland’s Remedial Plan agreed with the Department for Transport announced last week, 50,000 lower cost tickets will be made available for travel on the network over the Christmas period.

“London Midland will also be providing an extra 400,000 low cost, advance purchase tickets in the next two years.”

It also said it would spend more than £4m on customer information systems.

Photo courtesy of London Midland © 2008.