Thousands Of Rail Passengers Face Their Season Ticket Being Hiked By More Than £100 Next Year All Thanks To Inflation
Rail fares rise in line with the Retail Price Index inflation measure, and although this figure won't be released until next week, it's predicted to rise by 2.7 to 2.9 per cent.
If you're living and working in London, this would add an extra 100 quid to your ticket, but you're not the only ones affected. Travellers from Guildford, Crawley and St Albans to the capital would see prices jump by £103, too, while according to figures from the Campaign for Better Transport, hikes from other cities would be as follows:
Tunbridge Wells: £129
Milton Keynes: £145
Southampton Central: £159
"Next year's fare rise will come as a blow to passengers already paying thousands of pounds to ensure overcrowding, delays and trains that fail to stop at stations as scheduled," Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport told the Evening Standard.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that the country's rail network went into meltdown as the UK experienced record-breaking July temperatures.
As regular travellers, we also know how often we have to deal with late and cancelled trains, strikes, signal failures and train breakdowns, so this proposed price hike would really be a kick in the teeth.
At the time, Andrew Haines, chief executive of Network Rail apologised saying: "Core parts of the network did not cope in the extreme hear, and as an industry we struggled to get passengers the information they really needed to reach their destinations."
Which isn't really good enough when passengers are already paying hundreds for their tickets now is it, Andrew?
*The annual maximum increase in regulated fares is linked to July's Retail Prices Index measure of inflation, which the Office for National Statistics revealed on 14th August stood at 2.8%.
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