Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The railway passengers, who travel between London and Luton, pays around £387 a month on an average, which is around six times more than the train fares on other European countries like Rome and Paris. According to study, Britons are spending almost 14 per cent of their income on the railway tickets every month.
Where commuters pay £387 to travel between London and Luton for a month; in other European countries like Rome and Paris, they need to pay mere £61 for a month.
The Action for Rail has disclosed that the amount that the commuters in Britain pay, equates to around 14 per cent of their monthly earning, where it is only 2 per cent in France, mere 3 per cent in Germany and just 4 per cent in Spain.
Frances O’Grady, the TUC General Secretary has informed that British commuters are forced to shell out far more on rail fares than others in Europe and many will look with envy at the cheaper, publicly-owned services on the continent.
He has also stated that years of failed privatisation have left them with sky-high ticket prices, overcrowded trains, understaffed services and out-of-date infrastructure, where private train companies are milking the system, and the government is letting them get away with it.
According to Mick Cash, the RMT General Secretary, British passengers are paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank and companies like Southern Rail and their French owners are siphoning off cash to subsidise rail services in Paris and beyond.
The General Secretary of ASLEF, Mick Whelan has expressed that it is scandalous that the government is allowing privatised train companies to make even more money for providing an ever-poorer service. He says that they have the most expensive railway in Europe and the train companies, aided and abetted by this government, are about to make it even more costly for people to travel.
On the other hand, Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary has expressed that thanks to the action by the Government on train ticket prices, wages are growing faster than regulated fares and this commitment to cap regulated fares in line with inflation will save annual season ticket holders an average £425 in the five years to 2020.
He has also informed that in order to improve services, they are investing more than £40 billion into the railways, which will provide passengers with better trains that are faster and more comfortable.
But, no matter what, the authorities cannot wave the issue off that the commuters are paying way more for the service that they are getting. In response to the rail fare hike, numerous campaigners will protest outside 100 or more stations in the country, including London’s King’s Cross, Manchester Piccadilly and Glasgow Central.