UK: Rail fares set for average rise of 3.5% in new year

Abellio Greater Anglia Abellio Greater Anglia

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
10:18 AM

Rail fares across the country are set for an average rise of 3.5% in the new year following the publication of the government’s latest inflation figures.

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The Retail Price Index fell from 2.6% to 2.5% in July. Current government rules say that regulated rail fares – season tickets and standard off-peak tickets, can only rise by an average of inflation plus 1% – meaning they can average 3.5%.

Individual ticket prices can increase by a further 2% – but this would have to be offset by lower than inflation increases on other routes.

However there is already speculation that the Chancellor may say that fares can only rise by inflation, or even that ticket prices may be frozen, during a speech either at the Conservative Party Conference or during the government’s autumn statement during December.

10 comments

  • Worst train service in Europe.Reminds me of Schindlers List

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    JC

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Another good example of broken Britain and how we have been stitched up over the years. We used to have some of best railway systems in the world. Sadly this is no longer the case. Having worked in a number of countries in recent years it is apparent that we now have some of the worst. We have the most expensive, unreliable, overcrowded, inflexible run down facilities, rolling stock and infrastructure. The only positive aspect being most of the staff at the sharp end are dedicated and do their best to serve and support their customers. Far too much being paid in bonuses and shareholder payments, too little invested in the long term future requirements. Services such as travel, energy and utilities which are vital to the running of the country should be nationalised. Many of these being foreign ownedcontrolled. This does not bode well for the future. Ineffectual Government appointed watchdogs have failed in most respects (all too predictable). Time to blitz your local MP. Perhaps this could be the right time to set up a proper independent and effective national 'Rail Travellers Watchdog' who truly represent the citizens that are being ripped off.

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    Grey Fox

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • We pay almost as much in public subsidies as the nationalised rail services in France and Germany receive. All so these companies can remain in profit and keep shareholders happy.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • The rail network & rolling stock are in such a poor state that offering a reliable service for a reasonable fare is impossible. I concur that railways, power companies etc should be under public control but, due to over-militant unions, and their over-excessive demandslabour disputes, this situation will never return - and the fare-paying customer will always be the one to suffer!

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    BalticExile

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • @Angry Commuter and Esco Fiasco....personally I always find most of the staff on the trains as helpful as they're allowed and supportive. Its obviously the Management that is the problem here and should be the ones penalised. That should go right to the top in Holland as their inane ineptness allows the situation to go unchallenged to protect shareholder dividends. I still fail to understand why we have French, German and Dutch state run railways allowed free reign on our railways, but ban the old British Rail? Pound for pound you got a lot more for your money from a cash-starved BR, who could only have dreamt of such vast amounts of taxpayer money pumped into todays railways.

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    Disbeliever

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • @Esco Fiasco, who is ultimately responsible for the companies poor performance? You can't reward failure with a pay rise.

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    Angry Commuter

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Stop moaning everyone. I'm happy paying another 3.5% for my 1ft x 1ft square where I have to stand all the way to London.

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    Ipswich Man

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • @Angry Commuter. Or, instead of punishing their ordinary workers, they could take a reduction in profits. Why should shareholders be guaranteed a certain level of payout even when the company is a failure?

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    Esco Fiasco

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Come on Abellio, you recently placed an advert on your website admitting to a very poor level of service on your lines. Freeze prices now for your long suffering season ticket holders. You can fund this by not giving your staff a pay rise in 2015.

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    Angry Commuter

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Just to rub salt in the wounds eh, trouble is they know they have people over a barrel, and they have no choice bu to use rail transport. Sad times indeed.

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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