August 14, 2019
Rail commuters face paying more than £100 extra next year to get to work – prompting anger that passengers have to “pay more for bad services”.
Anger As Commuters Face Rail Fare Hikes Of More Than £100 A Year
Season tickets will rise by up to 2.8% after the Office for National Statistics announced the figure as July’s retail price index (RPI) inflation rate, which dictates the cap on the annual rise of regulated fares.
Labour, campaign groups, and unions hit out at the fare rises, saying commuters would be “mystified” at having to pay more amid “patchy” performance including “overcrowding, delays and cancellations.″
Many are also calling for the lower consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation to be used to set fare increases, given that Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said RPI “has no merit”.
That would have limited fare rises to 2.1% from January 2.
Fares are increasing despite less than a third of commuters (30%) being satisfied with the value for money of their ticket, according to watchdog Transport Focus. Potential season ticket price increases:- Brighton to London: Increase of £125 to £4,581
- Gloucester to Birmingham: Increase of £119 to £4,357
- Barrow-in-Furness to Preston: Increase of £117 to £4,285
- Edinburgh to Glasgow: Increase of £114 to £4,198Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he was “not delighted” about increasing rail fares but said passengers needed to contribute to ensure the railways improve.
He told BBC Radio 4′s Today: “The truth is we do now have a situation where average wages are going up faster than inflation, so if you don’t keep this tracking with inflation you are actually effectively putting less money into transport and less money into trains and you won’t get them running on time doing that either.”
Labour demanded the railways are renationalised “so they are run in the interests of passengers, not private profit”.Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said: “Every year, commuters are being asked to pay more money for bad train services.
“The government has sat back and allowed private train companies to cash in while people’s pay has been held back. 
“Continuous fare rises undermine urgent action to tackle the climate emergency by pricing people off the railways.”
Campaign groups expressed anger and demanded the CPI inflation measure is used to set fares.Bruce Williamson, spokesman for campaign group Railfuture, told the PA news agency: “It might be that we’ve now reached the point where we cannot simply put fares up and expect passengers to take the hit.
“They will just give up and refuse to pay. They will either find either another job or another form of transport.”
Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Passengers already pay thousands of pounds to endure overcrowding, delays and cancellations. 
“It’s time to stop the rhetoric on fare increases. The government should commit to January’s fares rise being linked to CPI and a comprehensive package of rail fare reforms should follow after the rail review is complete.”
Rail, Maritime and Transport union general secretary Mick Cash said: “Yet another rail fare hike is a kick in the teeth for the UK’s rail passengers who are already paying over the odds to travel on overcrowded, clapped out and unreliable trains.
“This is just corporate welfare for the greedy train companies on an industrial scale. 
“Privatisation is at odds with an affordable and sustainable rail network. We need a publicly owned and nationally integrated railway now.”
Robert Nisbet, of industry body the Rail Delivery Group, said: “No one wants to pay more to get to work but by holding rises down to no more than inflation, government is ensuring that money from fares continues to cover almost all of the day to day costs of running rail services.
“This means private sector and taxpayer money can go towards improving services for the long term.”Related... We Must Fix Fares If We Are To Rebuild Public Trust In Our Trains Travel Chaos As Train Services At London Euston Station Cancelled Interrail U-Turn As British Train Companies To Remain In Euro Network
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Oscar 2020

See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
How Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got married twice | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
vDdl34jkF_E
Teresa Guidice Admits To Joe Cheating On Housewives Hangover | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
-Ko98-qfy7A
Tyler Cameron surprises fans w/ultimate Valentine’s Day blind taste test | Page Six Celebrity News
February 13, 2020
RwNIvxbkaWA
Kerry Washington Has a Seat at the Table on 'Little Fires Everywhere'
February 18, 2020
TGFOuD8H7Co
'Outlander' Cast Reveals What to Expect This Season
February 15, 2020
K4klRSTpDIM
Issa Rae Teases 'Insecure' Season Four and Her Romance Film 'The Photograph'
February 15, 2020
onEO5NgmLjc
Donald Trump's L.A. Fundraiser's Leftover Appetizers Stashed in Bathroom | TMZ
February 20, 2020
tBj_E4KlzFE
Macklemore Joins Coffee Company as Creative Director | TMZ
February 20, 2020
9wQ-xBKKRwA
President Trump Shocked Angela Stanton By Giving Pardon | TMZ
February 19, 2020
DvXSKPWW12s
Celebrate "Love Your Pet Day" With Justin Bieber & More | Pop Of The Morning | E! News
February 20, 2020
GpHgO0VfUWw
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Leaving Royal Family End of March | Daily Pop | E! News
February 20, 2020
Lyg_OasHzmg
Al Pacino's Ex-GF Left Him Because He's Cheap | Daily Pop | E! News
February 20, 2020
1HjRKm6HuQM
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - West Ham United
17
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Manchester United
17
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Torino
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Inter Milan
16
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Celta Vigo
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Napoli
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Brescia
15
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Roma
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w j_x1lr04a6Q lrYGH-drP8s
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.