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02nd Dec 2016

Public fury at train fare price increase despite sub-standard service

Another price hike

Nooruddean Choudry

A lot of people think this is a joke.

You don’t need us to tell you that times are tough at the moment, and money is extremely tight. With Christmas only a few weeks away, most of us are pretty skint following the Festive outlay. January in particular will be a stretch.

That’s why news that train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% following New Year’s Day is particularly galling. What’s more, unregulated fares – such as off-peak leisure tickets – can go up by as much as the train companies like.

Many are furious at the price hike, which the Rail Delivery Group claim is to ‘simplify fares’ and ‘improve services’. Trains are regularly late or cancelled, and often commuters can’t find a seat. General standards of rail service seem to be deteriorating.

Despite that, we are asked to pay ever more for the privilege of rail travel – something that is a necessity for many. As you can see below, the general feeling is one of anger and dismay. People are being told to pay more for a worsening service.