Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Rail passengers hit by largest fare rise in five years

Rail passengers hit by largest fare rise in five years

A study carried out by the union claims that tomorrow's increase on season tickets of 3.6 per cent is more than 50 per cent higher than the increase in earnings over the a year ago.

And only one of the country's 28 rail operators managed to get more than two-thirds of its trains to arrive on time.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will protest at 40 railways stations on Tuesday at the "eye-watering" fare rises.

On the travel firm's website the carrier says its staff realise that nobody wants prices to rise but the extra money is need for upgrades on the network.

Commuter routes that are now more expensive include Liverpool to Manchester (up £108 to £3,152), Maidenhead to London (up £104 to £3,092) and Elgin to Inverness (up £100 to £2,904).

Around half of all tickets fall under this category.

The CPI is generally lower than the RPI and is used by the government to work out increases in benefits and pensions.

Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT), accused the Government of choosing to "snub rail passengers" by continuing to raise fares while fuel duty is frozen for a seventh consecutive year. Taking inflation into account, this is down nearly 13 per cent on the previous year but more than twice as much as British Rail used to get before privatisation.

"We are investing in the biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian times", a spokesman added.

With fares rising by an average 3.4 per cent tomorrow as annual inflation rises kick in, journeys in faster, more comfortable and reliable modern trains should be the least for passengers to expect.

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