Northern has introduced a Settle-Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket to reduce the cost of travelling on the 72-mile line, against a backdrop of sharply declining passenger numbers.
The ticket allows return travel from any station between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square to Appleby by rail, and onwards to Carlisle by replacement bus services. It costs £15.00 full adult fare, and Railcard holders are eligible for further discounts. The ticket is available for one day with no time restrictions.
Since services were disrupted in February, the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line group estimates that ridership has decreased between 50% and 75% due to a false perception that the entire route is closed indefinitely.
- For more on the closure of the S&C due to a landslip, read RAIL 801, published on May 25.