Rail travellers reacted with fury last night at news that West Yorkshire fares will soar by twice the rate of inflation from January.

The over 60s will also see the cost of some rail journeys spiral as Metro scraps its 50p flat rate for off-peak concessionary fares leaving them to pay half the new standard fares.

The Government yesterday revealed in its Spending Review that regulated fares would rise by inflation plus three per cent for three years from 2012, with July’s retail price index inflation figure of five per cent used to calculate the coming fares rise.

In West Yorkshire rail tickets will rise by a further two per cent to cover the cost of extra carriages, bringing the total to ten per cent.

Bradford Councillor Khadim Hussain, a member of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, warned some cuts would have to be passed on to the public to offset Metro’s budget reductions but he accepted the hike in fares was likely to cause public outrage.

“There is no doubt about that and I fully acknowledge that,” he said. “But we had no choice. The decision was not taken lightly, there was a big debate.

“But if your central funding is cut, you have to make cuts somewhere.”

Rail passenger groups reacted with predictable alarm.

James Vasey, chairman of Bradford Rail Users’ Group, said: “It’s a phenomenal increase which is going to push people off the trains, which will obviously reduce overcrowding but won’t solve problems with rail travel.

“We can’t be confident the money raised in West Yorkshire will be spent in West Yorkshire. It’s an unjustified increase and significantly above the national average. We have got massive over-demand that can’t be catered for at the moment.”

Tim Calow (above), chairman of the Aire Valley Rail Users’ Group, said: “It is a substantial increase and it will make a difference here. It causes considerable irritation that there is two extra per cent because we are getting extra coaches. It doesn’t seem a reasonable measure.

“Extra capacity is needed here, in somewhere like Airedale there are a lot more commuting than there used to be. Other places in the country are getting new vehicles and we are getting their second hand ones.”

He described the 50p concessionary pensioners’ fare as “possibly overly generous” and said it was “not unreasonable” that the fare should be increased.

A spokesman for Age UK, which has offices in Bradford and Keighley, said: “It is essential that as people age, they can still get out, access local services and travel further afield if they want, as an effective way of preventing loneliness and social isolation among older people.

“Public transport therefore needs to be accessible, convenient and affordable.”

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