A PENSIONER thought he was the victim of an April Fool’s Day joke when he was told the cost of his concessionary railcard had soared by 640%.
But 72-year-old Philip Plant of Sandiway wasn’t laughing when he found out last Wednesday, April 1, that under the new Cheshire West and Chester Council his concessionary card had increased from £2.50 a year to £16.
Mr Plant and his wife Anne, 75, who live on Dalefords Lane, regularly travel by train to London to see art and culture exhibitions.
But they had to think twice before buying the 12-month passes.
“I thought this new authority wasn’t going to cost us anything - but it’s costing us already,” said Mr Plant.
“I thought it was an April Fool’s joke at first!”
A statement issued by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), said: “A yearly rail pass for older people costs £16, a 33% discount on the price of one bought at a railway station.
“For most people this is the same or less than they were paying. Where people are being asked to pay more, as in Vale Royal, they are for the first time entitled to a bus pass and rail pass.”
Mr Plant added: “I’m paying more and getting nothing more in return. And my pension certainly hasn’t gone by 640%!
“It’s only a small amount of money but if they can do it with this, what else can they do it with?”