Fares on track for reduction in the new year

Paul Johnson (left) Chairman of the Friends of the Brigg Line with Cliff Mayall of Northern Rail at the consultation day in Brigg Market Place. EMN-151115-203921001
Paul Johnson (left) Chairman of the Friends of the Brigg Line with Cliff Mayall of Northern Rail at the consultation day in Brigg Market Place. EMN-151115-203921001
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Rail fares from Brigg look set to be slashed in January – much to the delight of the Friends of the Brigg Line group.

Chairman Paul Johnson is optimistic a scheduled meeting between the group and Northern Rail later this month will not only confirm this good news, but also be able to report on an improved service on the line in 2016.

“We hope to be able to announce that the price reduction will be from January,” he said at a joint consultation day involving the general public in Brigg Market Place, which also involved Area Station Manager Cliff Mayall. “A Brigg to Grimsby return could well be reduced to £8 from £10.”

He added the improved ticket price would come about because the present fare on the line from Gainsborough through Brigg to Grimsby is based on a journey via Lincoln, whereas the new price would be for the direct route.

The service will continue on a Saturday only, with a return to a weekday service unlikely.

Longer term, Mr Johnson said that, when new stock becomes available after electrification is complete in the north-west, there could be renewed hope.