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Fare increase is off the rails, say Macclesfield commuters

Macclesfield commuters are now spending up to a fifth of their wages on train travel after they were hit by an inflation-busting January fare rise.

Macclesfield commuters are now spending up to a fifth of their wages on train travel after they were hit by an inflation-busting January fare rise.

Macclesfield is a busy stop, with fast services to both Manchester and London. But with new fares brought in this week, it’s going to hit pockets hard.

The cost of season tickets on services to and from Macclesfield went up by more than four per cent. A monthly season ticket to London now costs £1,145, up from £1,099 (up 4.2pc).

A yearly ticket between the two will set you back £11,928, up from £11,448, (a 4.2pc increase).

A monthly season ticket between Macclesfield and Manchester now costs £223.50, up from £214.70. A standard open return to London now costs £302, up from £290.

The news comes as transport campaigners warn that train travel is becoming increasingly unaffordable.

A Virgin spokesman said: "Only a small proportion of customers buy the standard open return which allows them to travel on any train, the most popular tickets being our advance fares and off peak return."

Virgin fare breakdown:

Macclesfield to London:

  • Cheapest Advance Single Fare £12.50 (+4.2pc)
  • Standard Open Return: £302 (+4.2pc)
  • Off Peak Return £75.20 (+4.2pc)
  • Monthly pass: £1,145.10 (+4.2pc)
  • Yearly pass: £11,928 (+4.2pc)

Northern Rail fares:

Macclesfield to Manchester:

  • Cheap Day return: £8.60 up from £8.30 (+3.6pc)
  • Standard Day Return: £14.20 up from £13.60. (+4.4pc)
  • Weekly pass: £58.20 (+4.1pc)
  • Monthly pass: £223.50 (+4.2pc)
 

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