Call for fairer ticket prices for Lichfield train passengers

A councillor has called for fairer train fares for Lichfield commuters.

The city currently sits outside the Centro area, meaning ticket prices can be far higher than those from nearby cross-city line stations.

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Matt Buck

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Matt Buck

Cllr Ben Rayner, Conservative representative for Alrewas and Fradley, says combined authority talks are the ideal opportunity to improve the lot of Lichfield passengers.

Ben Rayner

Cllr Ben Rayner

“I have spoken to many commuters within the district before and after the election who are frustrated with the higher cost of travel from Lichfield across the Centro network, and in particular to and from Birmingham.

“A commuter could travel down the road to Blake Street, Park for free and travel to Birmingham for £67.50 per month, compared to pay and stay parking at Lichfield City and over £100 in travel costs.

“I understand the car parking constraints at Lichfield City, but I think a fairer monthly system should exist for those using the Lichfield stations.

“With the talks concerning combined authorities and an emphasis on transport and the economy, this is a fantastic opportunity to push for change.”

Passengers travelling from Lichfield stations can purchase a yearly season ticket for £1,164, while those within the Centro area – from Blake Street onwards – pay just £804 a year.

“Those travelling from Trent Valley can sometimes be the hardest hit, especially during the autumn and winter with services terminated at Lichfield City.

“I have raised my concerns over Lichfield being outside the Centro zoning while Rugeley is within it to the Lichfield District Council leader Mike Wilcox and our MP Michael Fabricant.

“I hope we can do something to help residents across the district save money on their daily commute.”

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1 Comment

  1. Thornton

    11th September, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    This is indeed a good idea and although not a commuter to Birmingham myself am quite surprised this has not been pushed before seeing as Lichfield is a great commuter city into Birmingham. I don’t however agree that a push for improvements with trains in Lichfield should be associated with combined authority as there is not guarantee they would come hand in hand.