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09 September 2016

Fare Prices Reduced

The train operating company, Northern, has introduced some new, cheaper tickets for passengers travelling on the Settle-Carlisle and Bentham lines and throughout its network. An Off-Peak Day Return fare will be available for some services timed to depart after 0930 Monday to Friday and any time at weekends and Bank Holidays.  The new fare prices are 15% lower than the current Anytime Day Return tickets. An off-peak single ticket is also available.

For example, the day return fare from Settle to Leeds is cut by £2.30 to just £12.50 while a Carlisle to Skipton day return will be reduced to £25.50 from £29.70.  Travellers between Bentham and Skipton will save £1.60 with a new price of £8.80.  These new fares represent great value for local people and visitors to the area alike.  Holders of any national railcards will receive a further discount of one-third.

Meanwhile, the Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket is still available for travel between Leeds-Settle-Carlisle (and Bradford Forster Square). At £15, less any railcard discounts, it allows a whole day of travel on the line in both directions. This ticket is only available for purchase from booking offices or on the train.

Local residents who live in eligible postcodes can apply for a Dales Railcard to benefit from that additional one-third off their travel costs.  Northern has announced that the price of the railcard will be cut by 50% until Saturday 20th May 2017.  This means that the card will cost just £6.50 for a whole year.  The Dales Railcard can be purchased online here, where full details about eligibility can also be found.  You can also download a copy of the Dales Railcard application leaflet here.

These new prices have been welcomed by the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, which promotes the two lines.  General Manager, Drew Haley, said:

“These changes to fares represent fantastic value for rail users in the area.  When combined with the reduced-price local Dales Railcard, some amazing value tickets are now available.  We hope this will encourage locals and tourists to leave the car at home and make the most of the Northern services”.

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