Campaigners say, Rail fare rises are too steep

Campaigners say, Rail fare rises are too steepAccording to campaigners, train users are being priced out of using the railways because annual season ticket costs are increasing more than three times faster than wages are.

They say a 2.8 per cent rail fare rise is too sharp in spite of being the smallest jump in four years.

Since 2004, the year 2014 will be the first when the average regulated train fare will not be going up by more than inflation, but the Campaign for Better Transport, which lobbies for affordable travel, said the increases were too high.

Stephen Joseph, the group's chief executive said, "Passengers will see season tickets going up three times faster than their wages.  The government needs to do more to stop the squeeze on commuters and avoid pricing people off the railways. "We need a permanent end to inflation-busting fare rises calculated using an out-of-date formula."

January 2 will see the rises come into effect. Some operators have detailed price rises for regulated and unregulated fares. East Midland Trains are putting prices up 2.6 per cent while freezing fares for 17 per cent of routes. First Great Western fares will rise 3.1 per cent. Virgin Trains will see fares go up 3.3 per cent. South West Trains are increasing ticket prices by three per cent.