Some rail season ticket holders in our region will be facing fare rises of nearly 5%. Rail customer watchdog Passenger Focus found the following annual tickets will be increasing from January 2013:
- Colchester to London: £4,556 - 4.1% rise
- Shenfield to London: £2,704 - down 0.6%
- Huntingdon to London: £4,700 - 4.2% rise
- Cambridge to London: £4,400 - 3.8% rise
- Peterborough to London: £6,888 - 4.2% rise
- Northampton to London: 4.7% rise
The rise could have been steeper but in July the Government demanded that fares could only increase to RPI inflation plus 1%, as opposed to RPI plus 3% increase.
Train companies can raise some season tickets above the 4.2% ceiling, as long as the average increase on their trains is no more than 4.2%. Although Passenger Focus believe companies are exercising restraint, they're still frustrated:
A spokesman for the Association of Train Operating Companies said that successive governments have asked for certain tickets to go up to cut the burden on the taxpayer:
Not all tickets are going up, commuters in Essex will see the cost of a season ticket from Shefield to London dip by 0.6%, but both the TSSA rail union and RMT are annoyed on behalf of those commuters who are seeing fares go up.