“Rip-off” rail fares are going up AGAIN

It seems train companies don’t think you pay enough for your tickets already, as they’re about to go up by 2.5%.

Some commuters will see hundreds of pounds added to the cost of their annual season ticket on 2 January.

Those commuting from Cheltenham Spa to London, one of the longest London commutes, will be paying nearly £10,000, as their season ticket rises from £9,468 to £9,704.

Train companies are blaming the rise on investment.

Rail Delivery Group director general Michael Roberts said: “Money from fares goes towards running and maintaining the railway.

“This benefits not just passengers and businesses but communities across the country, by improving journeys, creating employment and helping to boost the economy.

“Over the next five years, Network Rail is spending on average £27m a day on a better railway, alongside commitments made by train companies to improve services. That will mean more seats, better stations and improved journeys.”

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT transport union, said: “The scandal of Britain’s great rail fares rip off is that today’s hike is far outstripping average pay increases and it will once again hit those at the sharp end of the austerity clampdown the hardest.

“After two decades of privatisation the British people pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on clapped-out, understaffed and overcrowded services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank.

“Today’s fares announcement just fuels that scandal.

“We say fares should be cut and not staff, and public ownership would allow us to do just that.”

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Rail profits are absolutely scandalous.

    The majority of British people want to see the railways re-nationalised. What are our politicians waiting for?

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