Train users will be forced to shell out more for their journeys from the new year.
Fares will go up by an average of 3.4% from January 2.
The hike, labelled “an outrageous kick in the teeth for customers” by a passenger group, signifies the biggest increase since 2013.
‘Kick in the teeth for passengers’
The Rail Delivery Group admitted it was a “significant” rise, but said that more than 97% of fare income went back into improving and running the railway.
A passenger group said the rise was “a chill wind” and the RMT union called it a “kick in the teeth” for travellers.
I understand train fares need to rise to keep in line with inflation etc. HOWEVER, to rise by 3.4% in January is a joke when the service offered is substandard, you have to cram in like sardines & it never runs on time!#TrainFares pic.twitter.com/RkyNTmM9gI
— Grant Rivers (@SnowAndBeach) December 5, 2017
The rise in regulated fares had already been capped at July’s Retail Prices Index inflation rate of 3.6%.
The fare increase is above the latest Consumer Prices Index inflation figure of 3%, which was a five-and-a-half year high.
Rail fares to increase again by 3.4% this January. We are paying 50% more than rail users in Europe.
It is cheaper to fly Newcastle to London via SPAIN than it is to get the train there.
This proves once again that the private rail model is failing.
Renationalise the railways.
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) December 5, 2017