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Councillor urges passengers to have their say on cost of train travel

A Lichfield councillor has urged passengers to push for cheaper rail fares for local passengers.

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Matt Buck

Lichfield Trent Valley station. Pic: Matt Buck

A consultation has been launched over the future of train services across the region.

Cllr Ben Rayner has previously questioned the zoning of fares which mean that Lichfield passengers face season pass prices far higher than those living in Rugeley or just a few stops down the cross city line.

And he believes the consultation could see people power have a real impact.

Ben Rayner

Cllr Ben Rayner

“The West Midlands Franchise Consultation is a fantastic opportunity for residents of Lichfield district to pursue fairer fares for Lichfield stations,” he said.

“The more residents able to provide a consultation response highlighting the need to bring the Lichfield monthly pass in line with the Network West Midlands zoning system the better.

“Currently residents are paying over £30 more than those travelling from Rugeley or Blake Street each month. The increase in cost does not benefit residents with an improved service and those travelling to Trent Valley will be terminated early when the service is required to make up time.

“Lichfield is the final stop on the cross city line and should therefore benefit from being included within the Zone 5 pricing structure.”

Cllr Rayner added that the cost means that the trains are not as appealing as they should be for Lichfield passengers.

“I believe there is a sustainability argument for this reduction in fare,” he said. “Many Lichfield district residents have informed me that they currently travel to other stations within the Network West Midlands Zone to take advantage of free parking and cheaper rail travel.

“his has a clear environmental consequence as residents drive to other stations.

“The social impact is clear from the on-street parking at Blake Street during the working week. I also hope that a fairer pricing system would encourage more people to walk and cycle to the stations.

“If you would like to support fairer fares for Lichfield stations please complete the consultation response, stating the need for a fairer system for Lichfield.”

For more details about the review, visit the consultation website.

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