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Holidaymakers to be hit by rising train fares

16 August 2018 09:28

Holidaymakers travelling by train face a fare price hike

Holidaymakers travelling by train face a fare price hike

Holidaymakers in the UK will be hit by more train price hikes from next year, after the Government announced ticket prices will increase by 3.2% in January.

Around 40% of ticket fares will go up, including commuter route season tickets and some off-peak return tickets on long-distance journeys.

While many long-distance commuters will see the annual cost of their season tickets increase by £150, the price hike will also hit those looking to go on UK breaks by train.

Growing anger

The announcement came as unions pledged to press ahead with above-inflation pay claims amid growing anger at a call by the Transport Secretary for lower wage rises.

Chris Grayling wrote to union general secretaries on Tuesday, stating he wants to "see lower levels of increase for passengers in future" by using the lower Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation figure, rather than Retail Price Index (RPI).

But he suggested this can only happen if pay rises are also based on CPI.

The introduction of a new timetable in May caused widespread chaos in the north of England and on various London commuter lines. Thousands of passengers are still waiting to receive enhanced compensation.

The disruption led to the Government vetoing further timetable changes expected in December, which means upgrades in areas such as the West Midlands, the west of England and South Western Railway routes have been cancelled or delayed indefinitely.

Second-class citizens

Pressure group Railfuture claimed train passengers are being treated like "second-class citizens compared to motorists".

Spokesman Bruce Williamson said: "We'll easily have the most expensive fares in Europe, yet the Government continues to freeze fuel duty for motorists. Why the double standard?"

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "With passengers already furious at the shocking level of service on Britain's rip-off privatised railways, today's news is just another kick in the teeth that will come back to haunt both the Tory Government and the train companies alike."

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