Train overcrowding figures prove ever increasing fares do not deliver value for money

11 September 2014

Between 08:00 to 09:00, 38% of London services are over capacity, and 81% had passengers standing. ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan commented “Passenger numbers are at an all-time high and fares have increased way above inflation over the past decade. If you have to pay more for a service, you’d expect an improving service. The DfT’s figures show that isn’t the case.”

Income from passengers was £7.7bn in 2012-13. This is a real terms increase of 3.6% compared to 2011-12 and by 7.1% compared to 2010-11.

Mick added “Recently the Rail Delivery Group was bragging about the fact that the taxpayer is subsidising the railways at the same level as when they were publically owned and at the same time passenger numbers were increasing. Well that’s an easy feat when you’re taking higher fares from more people yet squeezing them on the same amount of ageing rolling stock. Once again the figures show more money being taken from passengers to line shareholders’pockets rather than improve services. It’s time to take the profit motive out of our industry and have real investment in capacity.”

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