Fare rises show why British railways should be renationalised | Caroline Lucas

Fare rises show why British railways should be renationalised | Caroline Lucas
Passengers in this country pay through their teeth to travel on services that are too often unreliable, understaffed and overcrowded

It’s the first week of January, so it’s time for that painful annual ritual – the introduction of yet more rail fare rises. No wonder rail passengers have had enough. Fares are increasing much faster than wages, with regulated ticket prices having risen by more than 20% since 2010.

Figures released today by the Campaign for Better Transport show what this could mean for a constituency like mine in Brighton. Average ticket prices have soared by more than 20% for Brighton-London commuters, for example, whose journey to and from work could cost the equivalent of 8.6 weeks of net earnings – more than £4,400. That’s 17% of the average regional salary, and a price increase of £745 under the coalition. And while today’s rise sees regulated fare hikes capped at 2.5%, the cost increase on unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets, will be left to train companies’ own discretion.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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