New improved service is just ‘ripping us off’

A commuter claims it's cheaper to travel to Birmingham from Stamford rather than Spalding.
A commuter claims it's cheaper to travel to Birmingham from Stamford rather than Spalding.
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A Spalding commuter is calling on politicians and transport forums to stand up for rail passengers and fight for fair fares.

Steve Thompson contacted the Spalding Guardian because the fares he has been charged just don’t add up.

It’s time for politicians, and the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum to stand up for Spalding rail passengers and obtain fair fares.

Commuter Steve Thompson

He said: “I would like someone in charge of our ‘improved’ rail service to explain the following please.

“Why is a Saturday, standard adult off peak return from Spalding to Birmingham £54.90?

“The same day, same journey but from Stamford to Birmingham is £22.50, a difference of £32.40 and yet a return from Spalding to Stamford is only £16.50 if you had time on your hands.

“Peterborough to Birmingham is £36.50; add the £8.20 from Spalding to Peterborough and you could go for £44.70 from Spalding if you were feeling flush holding two lots of tickets.

“So now I drive to Stamford and park in the station all day for £2.20 (not £4 as charged at Spalding station) and catch the train.

“Why are Spalding travellers treated to high fares, single carriage scruffy trains and poor timetables, but we are told to be pleased our improved railway enables us to watch the freight trains pass through?

“It’s time for politicians, and the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum to stand up for Spalding rail passengers and obtain fair fares.”

A spokesman for CrossCountry Trains, which is responsible for the fares, said: “The different fares quoted reflect the availability of day returns for short journeys and monthly return tickets for longer journeys.

“However, we will review the price of these and look to introduce a cheaper off-peak fare from Spalding to Birmingham at the next available opportunity.”