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Published on : Thursday, December 8, 2016
UK rail fares will be increased by an average of 2.3 per cent from the start of 2017 as confirmed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The increase in prices is the highest since January 2014, when fares rose 2.8 per cent.
RDG chief executive Paul Plummer said that they understand how passengers feel when fares are increased and it’s true that they don’t get the service for the amount they pay for. He added that fares are influenced by government policy, either through government-regulated fares such as season tickets or as a result of the payments train companies make to government. The RDG said around 97p in every pound passengers pay goes back into running and improving services.
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Mick Cash said that the latest fares hike is another kick in the teeth for British passengers. it condemns them to continue to pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed out and unreliable trains.
He concluded saying that the culture of private greed on Britain’s railways has to stop and RMT will step up the fight for a publicly-owned railway where services and safety are priority, rather than corporate profits.