Train fares in Britain are to rise by 1.1%, which is the smallest annual increase since 2010. However campaigners have highlighted the increase as preposterous in an attempt to shed light on the poor quality of some services across the UK. Some passengers who have regularly use Britain’s train services have been left “amazed that there are any fare rises at all”.
The average rise for regulated fares, which includes about half of tickets and passes, was limited to no more than 1% as a result of its link to July’s rate of retail price index inflation. But train companies are free to increase unregulated fares, for example off-peak leisure tickets, by any amount.
Chief executive of independent watchdog Transport Focus Anthony Smith has stated “passengers are paying their part in the railways- rail revenue is heading towards £9bn a year. The rail industry must keep its side of the promise: deliver on the basics”. Punctuality figures, which were published by Network Rail, reveal that more than 1 in 10 trains (10.7%) arrived at their destination at least five minutes late over the last year.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined Labour and union activist at King’s Cross station in London on the 4th of January, to protest against an average fare rise of 1.1%. The Labour party has calculated that commuters are paying an average of 25% more for rail season tickets since David Cameron took office.
TNT Business Billy Rooney