Rail fares will increase on 2nd January. Regulated fares set by the Government will rise by an average rise of 3.4%. These fares have risen by 32% since 2010.

However, some unregulated journeys will see much larger increases. An off-peak return ticket from Bromley Cross to Manchester will cost 6.8% more. There are more examples of local fare rises here.

After an autumn of packed 2 carriage services during peak times commuters will start the year facing more engineering works, cancellations and rail replacement bus services. For all that they will have to pay more.

It is not right to ask people to pay ever higher fares without delivering a reliable day-to-day local service.

I am supporting an Early Day Motion in Parliament to highlight the issues of higher fares and put pressure on the Government to help passengers.

That this House notes that train companies have announced that UK rail fares will rise by 3.4 per cent on 2 January 2018, with this figure being above the latest Consumer Prices Index inflation figure of three per cent and being the largest increase in rail fares for five years; further notes that the average commuter will now be paying £2,888 for their season ticket, £694 more than in 2010; is concerned that UK passengers continue to pay the highest fares for rail travel in Europe; is further concerned that wages are not rising in line with fare increases, which will further increase pressure on commuters and others who travel by train; believes that rail fares were already too high before this rise; and calls on the Government to ensure that rail fares are reduced in real terms.


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