British commuters ‘spend more on rail travel than Europeans’

British commuters ‘spend more on rail travel than Europeans’
Campaigners say British worker on average salary will spend 17% of wages on tickets once new fare rises come into effect

British commuters spend a bigger proportion of their wages on rail travel than European workers, trade unions and campaigners said as the new year brought another rise in fares.

Ticket prices will increase by 2.2% on average from Friday, with regulated fares – including season tickets – rising by up to 2.5%. The increases mean travel costs continue to outpace wage growth and more people will be dragged into the £5,000-plus bracket for their annual season ticket, including those travelling into London from Canterbury and Folkestone in Kent.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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