Fares rise (again)

04 December 2017

Tomorrow morning we will learn just how much more passengers will be paying from the start of next month to travel on our overcrowded trains. The Rail Delivery Group is announcing the latest round of price hikes for hard-pressed commuters at 7am. They will be pitched just (and artfully) below the RPI of 3.6%

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: 'Passengers are paying the penalty fare for privatisation, a flawed and failing model that everyone in the rail industry can see doesn't work. Hundreds of millions of pounds are haemhorraging from our industry every year - money desperately needed to improve our infrastructure, to continue with electrification, and reduce passenger fares which are among the highest in the world.

'Once more passengers are being asked to pay more for a declining service. The franchise system means that passengers are attacked, the taxpayers abused, and the privateers are laughing all the way to the bank. They talk of risk and reward but there is no risk - it's all reward.'



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