Rail campaigners hold New Year fares protest

02 January 2015

As many people return to work after the Christmas break this morning, ASLEF’s general secretary Mick Whelan is among the Action for Rail campaigners at Kings Cross station protesting against privatisation.

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Today, Action for Rail supporters are highlighting how rail fares have risen faster than inflation and how the UK has the most expensive fares in Europe.

 

This follows a comparison, carried out by Action for Rail, between average earnings and the cost of monthly season tickets covering similar commuter routes across Europe.The analysis reveals that commuters on the UK’s privatised railways could now  more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

 

Three quarters of rail franchises in the UK are now owned by foreign state-owned or backed rail companies and our high fares are in effect subsidising rail investment and lower fares in other countries. Mick Whelan said: “We cannot continue to damage the economic future of this country by pricing people out of travel and not competing with Europe – where they know the value of encouraging travel for work and leisure. It comes as no surprise that the bulk of our railways are now run by European operators.”

The AfR analysis of average earnings and season ticket prices for similar commuter journeys is available below:

 

Country

From

To

Distance (miles)

Monthly season ticket (equivalent costs)

Annual median earnings

Monthly median earnings

% of monthly median earnings

UK

Brighton

London

50

£381.40

£27,200

£2,267

17%

Germany

Aachen

Cologne

50

£218.55

£28,462

£2,372

9%

France

Compiègne

Paris

50

£274.78

£28,170

£2,348

12%

Italy

Civitavecchia

Rome

47

£118.78

£22,900

£1,908

6%

Spain

Segovia

Madrid

50

£98.19

£21,198

£1,767

6%

For more information please visit www.actionforrail.org

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