HS2 project condemned by MPs

An influential group of MPs says the DfT has failed to present 'a convincing strategic case' for HS2.

Live updates

Advertisement

No New Year cheer for commuters as rail fares rise

by Chris Halpin

Commuters across the Midlands have returned to work in 2014 with an annual annoyance - public transport fare increases.

Ticket prices on trains, trams, and buses across the region all went up this morning - a yearly season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by more than £150.

Rail fares have risen an average of 3.1% across the country, a cost campaigners say commuters can't cope with. Chris Halpin reports.

Commuters say rail fare increase is 'inevitable'

Commuters in the Midlands face higher rail fares from today as prices are raised across the country.

Passengers at Derby train station said they didn't see how people would be able to cope with the price hike because wages were not increasing at the same time.

One man said: "The increase, it's inevitable isn't it, I don't think it's justified. Rail fares are expensive enough as it is train companies seem to be making a lot of money, I just think there's no need for these increases."

Increase in rail fares for passengers from today

Passengers returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares from today.

East Midlands Trains has put its prices up Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

East Midlands Trains has put its prices up by an average of 2.6%, that's an extra 36p on a single journey.

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to increase prices by a maximum of 3.1%.

Advertisement

Unions: 'Commuters will feel the pinch' of fare increase

With an increase in rail fares from tomorrow, rail unions have warned about the high cost of rail travel in the UK compared with the rest of Europe.

Jason Torrance, policy director of sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, said:

The Chancellor's move to bring an end to the inflation-busting fare rises we've seen over the last decade shows a recognition that rising transport costs are a barrier to economic recovery.

But commuters will still feel the pinch this new year because salaries aren't increasing by anywhere near the level of inflation. If transport remains so prohibitively expensive, we will continue to restrict travel choices and opportunities to access essential services and employment.

Increase in rail fares for commuters from tomorrow

Passengers in the Midlands returning to work after the festive break face an increase in rail fares tomorrow.

A season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by £200 Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement last month, George Osbourne announced that train companies would be able to put up prices by a maximum of 3.1%.

A season ticket from Birmingham to London has increased by £200, and East Midlands Trains have put prices up by an average of 2.6%, an extra thirty six pence on a single journey.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories