In response to another hike in rail fares – by an average of 3.1 per cent across England and Wales – the Labour Party has staged a coordinated protest at a number of railway stations across the country. The amount by which train operators can increase the cost of regulated fares – which make up 45 per cent of all fares – is controlled by the government, and Labour has accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of failing to step in and protect rail users against rising costs. Labour MPs, councillors and activists gathered at commuting hotspots at the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning to hand out copies of a party-produced mock newspaper, the Daily Squeeze, which criticised the “Tory Rail Rip Off” and outlined “Labour’s plan” for transport; the party has pledged to bring the railways back under public ownership, and to cap rail fares. Jeremy Corbyn called the hike, which will cause some season tickets to rise in price by … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Alison McGovern on rail price increase: “The government has let us down”
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It's that time of year again: grumpy commuters are struggling back to work after the New Year break to find their train tickets cost roughly 3pc more this year thanks to never-ending fare price hikes. The Government's olive branch of offering half-price train tickets to 16 and 17-year-olds has done little to quell passengers' unhappiness. Labour called the fare rises, which came as punctuality hit a 13-year low, “an affront” to commuters. Passenger groups bemoaned “another kick in the wallet”. Indeed, Jeremy Corbyn and shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald have pledged to freeze train tickets, mimicking a policy already put in place by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. The Mayor was “delighted” to... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about Rail price rises anger commuters
Season ticket holders face a 3.1% increase in annual fares from January Picture: NEIL PERRY Archant Campaigners are expected to protest against rising rail fares as many commuters return to work from the Christmas holidays. From Wednesday, fare hikes will see season ticket holders pay £208 more for annual travel between Ipswich and London.The average price for regulated tickets on Greater Anglia trains, including season tickets, off-peak returns and anytime prices, will rise by 3.1% – set by the Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation rate and in line with the average increase across the country.It means an annual season ticket from Ipswich to London will rise to £6,548 from January 2.Fares for other advance tickets are being frozen by the firm, which said the increases apply to government-regulated fares and come as costs rise with inflation.Nationwide rises attracted anger from unions and concern from user groups – reopening calls for the Consumer Price Index … [Read more...] about Rail price hike protests expected as commuters face £208 ticket increase
PUBLISHED: 15:56 31 December 2018 Kath Sansom Train ticket price rise protest planned for January 2 by members of the Labour Party Archant Ely commuters face the biggest train ticket price hike in five years, according to campaigners, who are staging a protest on Wednesday (2). New fares will add hundreds of pounds to many commuters’ annual travel from January 2 with annual season tickets to Cambridge from Ely to increase by £164.Rebecca Denness Ely Labour transport spokesperson said: “Commuters from Ely have been badly affected by cancellations and late trains this year following the botched introduction of new timetables, bad weather and track faults.”“Train punctuality fell to a 13-year low last year with passengers using all of the mainline services to Cambridge and London. “It marks yet another price hike for Ely commuters who travel on overcrowded and often late running trains to London. “Despite this … [Read more...] about Ely commuters face price hike
0 Have your say Another day, yet another headache for beleaguered rail commuters with the news that unions are pressing ahead with above-inflation pay claims. Commuters will not begrudge hard-working front-line rail staff a penny of their modest increase, but they will feel a sense of injustice at being the ones who have to pay for it, rather than it being well planned by management, and properly funded by Government.Instead it is inevitable that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s tussle with union bosses will result in commuters, already stung by plans to increase rail fares by 3.2 per cent next year, who will lose out again. While the current travails affecting the region’s railway network are certainly not the fault of the majority of those working on the railway, union bosses would be well-advised to consider their pay claims in the context of a summer of utter chaos and misery for passengers, the vast majority of whom will have had their family … [Read more...] about The Yorkshire Post says: Who’ll pay for rail price rise?