5 big unpleasant facts about Tube and train fare rises

If you think 1% doesn’t sound like a lot, read this

If you commute in London you’ll have found it hard to miss the rises in fares over the last 15 years or so – particularly if you buy a season ticket.

The bad news, unfortunately, is that fares have risen again – this time by 1.1% for train fares and 1% for Tube fares. If it doesn’t sound like a lot at first glance, here are five facts which might make you change your mind:

1. The 1.1% rise in train fares is a whole percentage point more than inflation, which is currently at 0.1%. This means the price of other goods and services is rising significantly less than public transport fares.

2. Despite this year being the second-lowest rail fare increase since 1996, a typical long-ish commute from Reading to London (including the Tube) now costs an extra £28.60 a month, at £482.40. That’s the equivalent of a working week’s lunches at nearly £6 each.

3. Between 2010 and 2015, rail fares rose “three times faster” than wages, according to the TUC.

4. On average, monthly travel cards rose from £135 to £225.10 (not adjusted) in 2015.

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5. Commuters in London pay an average of 13% of their salary in travelling to and from work, compared with 2% for Italians doing a similar journey into Rome. The UK is by far the most expensive country in Europe to commute in, according to research by campaign group Action for Rail.



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Readers' comments (3)

  • Anonymous

    A good reason to leave the EU is that we can't compete on rail fares and cigarette tax.

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  • Anonymous

    Our tube train drivers obviously need more money, more holidays and more perks so it is the duty of every Londoner to cheerfully pay for higher and higher fares.

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  • The way to beat the fare increases is by split ticketing. People using Trainsplit.com are paying on average 30% less than they would on any other site.

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