Rail fares have risen three times faster than wages

Huge rise over the last five years has left customers “out of pocket”

Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages since 2010, according to analysis.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) looked at the cost of fares and found customers are paying 25% more now than five years ago, while pay rose only 9%.

Rail unions, which are campaigning for train lines to be run by the public sector, say nationalising will cut prices.

Bringing some lines such as the Northern, Transpennine and West Coast Main Line into the public sector would save £1.5bn, according to the union-led group Action for Rail.

A third of this would come directly from not needing to pay dividends to private shareholders.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “If ministers really want to help hard-pressed commuters they need to return services to the public sector.

“It would allow much bigger savings to be passed onto passengers,” she added.

However, rail minister Claire Perry said the government had put a halt on above-inflation rises.

She said: “Next year’s fares will see some of the lowest increases for decades.”

Meanwhile, this comes as a separate report criticised the UK’s rail networks for a lack of flexible tickets.

While a commuter travelling five days a week could save with a season ticket, there was no option for those travelling less frequently, transport charity Campaign for Better Transport said.

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