If you are someone who gets the train to work every day, you may not like what you are about to read.
It has been announced today that train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2nd January 2017. The Rail Industry state that this increase covers both regulated fares, which includes season tickets and unregulated fares, such as off peak tickets.
The pace of fare increases has slowed down in the past few years, however it follows a decade’s worth of steeper rises which began in 2004. It’s all because successive governments have changed the way they split the bill for running the service, so that passengers pay more and other taxpayers pay less.
About 70% of the total network cost is met from ticket sales now. It used to be about 50%.
Ministers are spending record amounts upgrading the service, which is creaking under huge demand for train travel that no-one saw coming.
But it hasn’t stopped punctuality levels falling well below target.
Campaigners have said that passengers would be disappointed by the increase.
“Passengers will now want to see the industry’s investment deliver a more reliable day-to-day railway,” said Anthony Smith, chief executive of the watchdog Transport Focus.
“The government should consider setting rail fare rises around the Consumer Prices Index instead to bring rail fares into line with other recognised measures of inflation.”
Lizzie Green, a London commuter, said: “Given that the trains are so irregular and the delays are so often it seems like a bit of a cheeky increase.”
This is not great news for daily commuters who use the rail network in order to get to work, if this is you, let us know how you’ll be affected by the price increase & if you’re happy with the service that you’re given below.