Year of action on railway starts with new fares trials

Year of action on railway starts with new fares trials

Year of action on railway starts with new fares trials

An order from the Railways said that fares for suburban trains would remain unchanged while the prices for ordinary non-air conditioned, and non-suburban trains had been hiked by one paise per kilometre. On long-distance mail/express trains, the hike 2 paise/km.

Unite national officer for the rail industry, Harish Patel said: "Every year, as regular as clockwork, rail travellers receive the post-Christmas slap in the face with daylight robbery rail fare increases".

The campaign group's Bruce Williamson said: 'Welcome to another decade of misery for rail passengers.

"New and improved technology will provide better information to passengers and make the railway more accessible to more people as train companies work together to replace half of Britain's train fleet old for new".

The Railways has also not been able to earn enough non-fare revenue, despite several attempts and multiple directions from the PMO over the past six years, which had made hiking fare more or less inevitable for added income, sources said.

Rail passengers across the region will see the cost of train travel rise for another year as Northern increases fares by 2.5%.

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The chair of the government's root-and-branch rail review has set out that his recommendations will focus on making the current system simpler and more convenient for passengers.

'How on earth is the government going to meet its climate commitments by pricing people off environmentally friendly trains and on to our polluted and congested roads?'

Network Rail said a fifth of West Midlands trains had failed to arrive on time, with passengers experiencing several weeks of delays, cancellations and strike action.

The increase in around 45% of fares, including season tickets, is regulated by the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.

Whilst rail companies have kept the overall rise below the 2.7% inflation rate, individual fares are still allowed to exceed - as long as they're offset by other lower fares.

A season ticket between Neath and Cardiff will cost £1,809 from January - up from £1,760, while a journey between Bangor and Llandudno will now increase from £1,300 to £1,336.

This government will improve the railway system to ensure the focus is always on putting passengers first.

Bim Afolami told this paper last month: "My strong view is that our fare prices should not increase in real terms". In 2018, passengers faced rises of 3.4 percent on average.

"Labour pledged to cut rail fares by 33% to encourage people to get out of their cars and get on the train".

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