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On Monday 8th September, Leeds Socialist Party members joined the RMT leafletting outside Leeds train station against the further increases in rail fares coming into effect that day.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

Off-peak fares will no longer be valid on a whole series of Northern Rail routes, including to Bradford (which goes up from (£4.60 to £6.50 return) and to Harrogate, as well as other routes across the North of England.

The protest was part of a series of protests across the North of England and follows previous protests over the government’s new franchise plans for the Northern and Transpennine Express franchises. This now includes not replacing the ancient ‘Pacer’ trains, made from old bus frames that were due to have a lifespan of no more than 20 years when they were introduced in the mid-80s.

Given the support for these plans by Rail North, a shadowy group of mostly Labour-run local councils, plans must be stepped up for the widest challenge by RMT members and transport camapigners to stand against Labour councillors who are prepared to cut jobs and services whilst making us pay more.